24 Aug CVSA’s Annual Brake Safety Day is September 7, 2017
Properly Functioning Brake Systems are Crucial to Safe Vehicle Operation
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is holding its annual Brake Safety Day September 7, 2017. During this event, roadside inspection personnel will focus their attention on brakes. The CVSA utilizes the information collected in this study to verify or refute industry trends regarding brake incidents.
The Goal of Brake Safety Day
The goal of Brake Safety Day is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections, and identifying and removing vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways.
Ensure Drivers and Vehicles are Prepared
On Brake Safety Day, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
Drivers will need current, properly endorsed licenses and a valid medical card. Inspections conducted will 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 brake-system components. ABS malfunction indicator lamps are also checked. Inspectors will measure pushrod stroke, where applicable. Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service.
- Turn Signals
- Fuel System including Tanks and Tank Straps
- Trailer Bodies
- Coupling Devices
- Steering Mechanisms
- Brake Lamps
- Safe and Secure Loading
- Tail Lamps
- Brake System
- Exhaust System
- Head Lamps
- Windshields and Wipers
- Lamps and/or Flags on Projecting loads
- Wheels and Rims
Look around, make sure all vehicles are getting inspected and getting the necessary repairs completed. Remind your drivers to check their credentials and the truck paperwork. As always, any violations can impact CSA scores, it is important to avoid those negative points.
With the safety of our drivers, the kids going back to school and the general public in mind; let’s get our equipment in top shape and make sure that all our equipment can pass a roadside inspection without a violation.