During August 23-29, law enforcement officials throughout North America will be inspecting commercial motor vehicles as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week. Vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations, or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. Vehicles that pass eligible inspections may receive a passed-inspection CVSA decal.

Checking brake system components is always part of the roadside inspection process. However, inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing during this year’s Brake Safety Week to highlight the importance of those components to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.

Brake system and brake adjustment violations accounted for 45.1% of all out-of-service conditions during last year’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative. That’s more than any other vehicle violation category. Last year’s Brake Safety Week resulted in 13.5% of the commercial motor vehicles inspected being placed out of service for brake-related vehicle inspection item violations.

Brake Safety Week is part of law enforcement’s effort to reduce brake-related crashes by conducting roadside inspections and identifying and removing unsafe commercial motor vehicles from roadways.

In addition to CVSA’s Brake Safety Week, August is also Brake Safety Awareness Month. Along with inspections and enforcement, law enforcement agencies engage in outreach and awareness efforts to educate drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance.

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