Nearly 5,000 Trucks Sidelined During Brake Safety Week

November 7, 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reported this week that enforcement personnel in 57 jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and Canada conducted 35,080 inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) during Brake Safety Week, September 16-22, 2018, and placed 4,955 (14.1 percent) trucks out-of-service until the brake-related violations could be corrected.

Brake violations were the top vehicle out-of-service violation during CVSA’s 72-hour enforcement initiative this past June 2018. 

At the same time CVSA released its data, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that, out of 2.38 million CMV inspections during fiscal year 2018 (that ended on September 30), there were 1,045,335 brake-related violations, with a portion of those accounting for seven of the top 20 vehicle violations.

The goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of crashes involving brake-related problems by raising awareness throughout the trucking community of the importance of properly functioning brake systems.

CVSA’s enforcement data included antilock braking systems (ABS) violations, indicating how well ABS are maintained in accordance with federal regulations. ABS violations reported by CVSA were:

  • 26,143 air-braked power units required ABS; 8.3 percent (2,176) had ABS violations.
  • 17,857 trailers required ABS; 12.5 percent (2,224) had ABS violations.
  • 5,354 hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS; 4.4 percent (234) had ABS violations.
  • 651 motor coaches/buses required ABS; 2 percent (13) had ABS violations.

CVSA is a nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. It aims to achieve uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of CMV inspections and enforcement by certified inspectors dedicated to driver and vehicle safety.