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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently scheduled this year’s Brake Safety Week for Aug. 25-31, 2024. This annual event aims to emphasize the importance of ensuring sufficient brake systems in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Specifically, the event highlights the role that brake maintenance and efficiency play in reducing brake-related CMV accidents on the road.

The focus of this year’s event is brake lining and pad violations. During this weeklong initiative, certified vehicle inspectors will review CMVs using the CVSA’s North American out-of-service criteria and remove any CMVs with brake-related violations from the roadways.

Importance of Inspections

  • A quarter (25%) of all CMV out-of-service conditions were caused by brake system violations during last year’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative.
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2023 vehicle violation data showed that 6 out of the top 20 vehicle violations were related to brakes.
  • Brake-related violations account for the highest percentage of all out-of-service vehicle violations recorded during roadside inspections.
  • More than a tenth (12.6%) of the 18,875 CMVs inspected in the United States were placed out of service for brake-related issues during last year’s Brake Safety Week.

Conclusion

The CVSA consistently schedules Brake Safety Week in August in conjunction with Brake Safety Awareness Month. The announcement of the event takes place in advance to allot time for motor carriers, commercial drivers and mechanics to assess and service their vehicles—thus ensuring their CMVs (especially their brake systems) are in safe working condition while out on the roadways.

At the conclusion of Brake Safety Week, inspectors will combine all the data they collected and submit the results to the CVSA.The CVSA will then report its findings later in the year.

For further commercial fleet resources and risk management guidance, contact INSURICA today.

This is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel or an insurance professional for appropriate advice. ©2024 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved

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