Inspection spree puts 2,700 out of service, sees all-time OOS rate low

Updated Nov 5, 2013

brake adjustment inspectionOf the 20,067 commercial vehicles inspected in the September-held Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, 2,714 were placed out of service to produce a 13.5 percent out-of-service rate, tying May 2013 and September 2010 for the lowest out-of-service rates for CVSA inspection blitzes since they began in 1998. 

In a joint effort with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, CVSA and other commercial vehicle safety inspectors across North America conducted Sept. 8-14 the more than 20,000 Level I or Level IV inspections just on brake systems to check for regulatory compliance. 

The out-of-service rate for brake adjustment was 9 percent, as 1,811 vehicles were placed out for brake adjustment issues. The 9 percent is near a record low — 7.1 percent in 2000.

In 2012’s Brake Safety Week, 21,255 vehicles were inspected, and 15.3 percent were placed out of service. The same year, 9.4 percent were placed out for brake adjustment issues. 

This year, 1,434, 7.1 percent, were placed out of service for brake component problems, compared to 7.8 percent last year. 

In 2011 and 2010, 14.2 percent and 13.5 percent of vehicles were placed out of service in the Brake Safety Week blitz, respectively. 

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