Brake inspections place 3,248 trucks out of service

| October 26, 2012

Of the 21,255 trucks inspected in mid-September as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, 3,248 were placed out of service for either brake adjustment violations or brake component violations, making the percentage placed out of service, 15.3 percent, higher than both 2011 and 2010 and marking the second year in a row that the percentage increased.

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  • ldmff

    This figure doesn’t surprise me at all. If I was an inspector in a scale house I could profile and probably set a record for brake adjustments citations, here is how, I’d look for the obese and female drivers. I’ve seen guys so big there is no way they could get under a truck and adjust any brakes and as far as the females go, they aren’t about to get their hands dirty and they might chip a nail and a lot of them are obese also. In my time I’ve adjusted many of these so-called selfadjusters, after a few years they fail so too many drivers take for granted that they are working. On the other hand I wonder how many drivers even know how to adjust brakes in the first place, there’s any entirely different breed out there anymore. I thought about putting them on my equipment years ago but I got to thinking, if I don’t crawl under there at least a couple times a week to manually adjust the brakes you won’t catch that leaking wheel seal or that wire or air line that is rubbing against something. Also I’m a nickel nose so looking at a 15 dollar manual slack adjuster and 65-70 dollars for the self adjuster the decision was quite easy. Also I’ve run manual slack adjusters for close to 15 years before replacing them and your automatic self adjusters won’t perform anywhere near that time frame.

  • jescott418

    Does not surprise me either. Owners of trucks are most certainly delaying repairs because they either don’t have the money or they don’t want to take time off to repair. Also I believe the real issue of drivers not doing proper inspections is a epidemic. I hardly see anyone really inspecting their trucks anymore.

  • John Infoworld

    I’ve NEVER worked for a single small (<50 trucks) fleet that didn't have an out-of-service air leak going on WHILE I WAS DRIVING THEIR TRASH, I mean truck.
    So, brake problems are no surprise to me at all. "Gee, how come all the air is gone when I come out from the office after loading?" the idiot wonders. These are the trucks that I get to drive (for minimum wage, I might add). Do you hear a hissing sound?

  • Kandi Brooks

    The problem isn’t the company, it stems from the drivers. It takes work and diligence to be a proficient professional. As a driver you have to take the initiative to actually inspect your equipment, and know what is legal and safe and what is not. I have never had a company force me to run illegal/unsafe equipment. As a driver you have the power of “NO”! That means you #1 have to know what is legal #2 what to look for which means, you have to get out of the truck and actually inspect your equipment instead of just kicking the tires and making sure the lights come on. Too many people have forgotten that this is a profession and a lifestyle, not a job. As far as the nails breaking comment, I’d rather fix a $3 broken nail, than: get a ticket (that I can’t write off), get put out of service, get CSA points, have a late load with an upset DM and customer, or even worse have my equipment be the cause of a major catastrophic calamity!!! Most drivers do not even know how to check brake adjusment, much less adjust brakes, most drivers can’t even tell you the tolerace for air loss in the system….But yet they want to complain about having to sit and wait to drive because they have to wait on duty to log their pre-trip. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.