Brakes-focused inspection blitz begins Sunday

Truck inspectors will ramp up enforcement, specifically on brakes, Sept. 16-22 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance‘s annual Brake Safety Week.

This year’s Brake Safety Week is a return to norm for CVSA, after paring the blitz down to a single day last year.

CVSA says most of the inspections performed during the weeklong blitz will be full Level I inspections, the most comprehensive inspection. However, inspectors will have a keen focus on brake components, including loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks; defective rotor conditions; measurement of pushrod travel; mismatched air chamber sizes across axles; air reservoir integrity and mounting; worn linings, pads, drums or rotors; required brake-system warning devices; and other brake-system components. Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service, says CVSA.

Last year, 14 percent of trucks inspected during the one-day brake blitz were placed out of service for brake-related violations. In the annual Roadcheck inspection spree (which took place in June), brake violations made up 28.4 percent of all out-of-service violations, the highest for vehicle violations.

In an unannounced Brake Safety Day inspection blitz earlier this year, just under 14 percent of trucks inspected were ordered out of service for brakes violations.