Hoses And Tubing To Be Focus Of CVSA’S Upcoming Brake Safety Week
Greenbelt, Maryland – Today the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced its Brake Safety Week is scheduled for September 15-21.
In a release, CVSA said throughout that week enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) throughout North America.
Vehicles with critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item violations, will be placed out-of-service (OOS) until those violations are corrected.
During this year’s Brake Safety Week, CVSA said inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing.
While checking these brake system components is always part of the North American Standard Inspection Program, CVSA said it is highlighting brake hoses/tubing as a reminder of their importance to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.
CVSA said it will be ensuring that brake hoses/tubing are properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible.
“We all know how important a properly functioning brake system is to vehicle operation,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police.
“All components of the brake system must always be in proper operating condition. Brake systems and their parts and components must be routinely checked and carefully and consistently maintained to ensure the health and safety of the overall vehicle,” he said.
What Happened Last Year?
Out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations represented 45 percent of all out-of-service vehicle violations issued during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck enforcement campaign.
Further, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) 2018 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, brake-related violations accounted for six of the top 20 most frequently cited vehicle violations in 2017.
CVSA maintained the goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of crashes caused or made more severe by faulty brake systems on commercial motor vehicles by conducting roadside inspections and identifying and removing unsafe commercial motor vehicles from our roadways.