Annual Brake Safety Week September 6-12

Blayne Beal
Strategic Communications & Corporate Development

The annual Brake Safety Week, part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will begin over the holiday weekend and is designed to promote safety on roadways across North America.

This year’s event will begin on Sunday, Sept. 6 and conclude on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage (46.2 percent during Roadcheck 2014) of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which pose a serious risk to driver and public safety.

Brake Safety week involves law enforcement agencies across North America that conduct brake system inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake system violations. In 2014, 13,305 inspections took place and out of those inspections a total of 2,162 commercial vehicles were placed out of service for violations. Of the vehicles inspected, the out-of-service rate for all brake-related violations was up almost three percent from 2013 at 16.2 percent. The out-of-service rate for brake adjustment was 10.4 percent and the out-of-service rate for brake components was 9.3 percent.

Much of the success of the annual Brake Safety week is realized through outreach and educational efforts by CMV inspectors, participating motor carriers and other industry members. Since the program’s inception in 1998, a total of 3.4 million brakes have been inspected.

Safety Week Breakdown

Dates: September 6-12, 2015

Locations: Random inspections across North America

What They Are Looking For:
Brake inspections include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors and other faulty components. Antilock breaking system malfunction indicator lamps are also checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke when appropriate.

Who Conducts The Inspections:
Law enforcement agencies

Inspection Procedure: Click here

Now's the time to prepare. If your company needs help with developing procedures or training to help prepare your drivers, please contact one of our advisors:

Justin Crain, jcrain@gibraltarrisk.com
Jeff Anderson, janderson@gibraltarrisk.com