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CVSA Promotes Brake Health and Safety with Annual Brake Safety Week, Aug. 21-27

CVSA Promotes Brake Health and Safety with Annual Brake Safety Week, Aug. 21-27

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct its annual Brake Safety Week from Aug. 21 -27 with a focus on brake hose/tubing chafing violations.

Brake Safety Week aims to reduce the number of crashes caused or influenced by faulty brake systems on commercial motor vehicles by conducting roadside inspections and identifying and removing unsafe vehicles from roadways.

Throughout the week, commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America will conduct inspections and remove commercial motor vehicles found to have brake-related out-of-service violations from roadways.

The initiative includes outreach and awareness efforts to educate drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance operation and performance.

Brake systems on commercial vehicles feature components that work together to slow and stop the vehicle, and brake hoses and tubing are essential for proper operation. Hoses and tubing must be attached properly, be undamaged, without leaks and be appropriately flexible. If those components fail, they can cause problems for the rest of the braking system.

Brake system component checks are part of the regular roadside inspection process, but the extra emphasis on break health reminds drivers of the special role brakes play in the mechanical fitness and safety of commercial vehicles.

Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service vehicle violations cited during roadside inspections. During the 2021 three-day International Roadcheck, brake systems and brake adjustment violations accounted for 38.9% of all vehicle out-of-service violations, the most of any category of vehicle violations.