Law enforcement officials throughout North America placed 5,156 commercial motor vehicles out of service for brake-related violations during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week, August 23-29. That figure accounts for nearly 12% of the 43,565 commercial vehicles that were inspected during the annual safety blitz, which focuses specifically on reducing brake-related crashes by conducting inspections and identifying and removing unsafe commercial motor vehicles from roadways.

According to data released from the CVSA, 35,778 inspections were administered in the U.S, resulting in 4,565 vehicles (13%) being removed from the road for brake-related violations. In Mexico, 355, or 6%, of the 5,958 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations, while in Canada, 1,829 inspections were conducted, and the brake-related out-of-service rate was 14% (256).

Commercial motor vehicle inspectors use the CVSA’s North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria to identify critical vehicle inspection item violations that are concerning enough to warrant removing that vehicle from traveling on roadways until those conditions have been repaired.

During this year’s Brake Safety Week, inspectors also reported a total of 6,697 hose chafing violations. Two tables that detail the reported brake hose chafing violations by severity and percentages of total brake hose chafing violations can be viewed on the CVSA website.

Next year’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 22-28, 2021.