Reminder: Brake inspection week is Sept. 16-22

Are you ready?

The annual weeklong enforcement effort focused on the brakes of commercial motor vehicles is right around the corner. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week is Sept. 16-22. At that time enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections to identify and remove CMVs with brake violations. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness, according to the CVSA.

Inspections conducted will include inspection of brake-system components to identify:  truck brakes

  • loose or missing parts
  • air or hydraulic fluid leaks
  • defective rotor conditions
  • measurement of pushrod travel
  • mismatched air chamber sizes across axles
  • air reservoir integrity and mounting
  • worn linings, pads, drums or rotors
  • required brake-system warning devices
  • other brake-system components.

Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service, according to the CVSA.

Last year, the CVSA conducted a one-day Brake Safety Day, during which 14 percent of all inspections resulted in a CMV being placed out of service for brake-related violations.