Brake check! We are right in the middle of Brake Safety week, this week of September 15th through the 21st. Brake Safety week is part of the Operation Air-brake Program, which is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The August edition of Fleet Owner Magazine highlighted that the goal of Brake Safety week is to reduce the number of crashes or severity of crashes caused by faulty brake systems.
What can truck drivers expect during this week? Enforcement officials will be conducting roadside safety inspections throughout North America. Vehicles with critical violations will be restricted from traveling until the violations are corrected. Vehicles without any violations will be eligible to receive a CVSA decal indicating that the vehicle passed inspection. Properly functioning brakes are important for the safety of the truck driver, other drivers on the road as well as the maintenance and well-being of the vehicle. Even if you aren’t stopped along your route this week, it would be beneficial for Fleet Owners to conduct their own regular brake inspections on their vehicles.
Have a great week and be safe!
Source: August 2019 edition of Fleet Owner Magazine