Brake Safety Week

The annual, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance-sponsored Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sunday, August 22 through Saturday, August 28. While the emphasis is on brake systems, inspectors will be conducting full roadside inspections during the event.

During Brake Safety Week, inspectors pull over commercial motor vehicles to conduct North American Standard Inspections. They focus on brake systems and components, and this year, they will be especially focused on brake hoses and tubing, which continue to be top contributors to violations and out-of-service orders, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data.

While inspecting for brake hoses and tubing they will also be inspecting:

  • Antilock braking systems
  • Low air pressure waring devices
  • Brake adjustments
  • Mechanical components of air brakes
  • Tractor protection systems
  • Steering acle air brakes
  • Leaks and/or cracks in brake components

Inspectors may also include in their inspections:

  • Hour of Service (HoS) Log Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR)
  • Medical Examiners’ Certificates & Drivers’ Licenses
  • Seat Belt Use & Electronic Device Use
  • Substance Abuse Use
  • Coupling Devices & Lighting Devices
  • Exhaust & Fuel Systems
  • Steering Mechanisms & Suspensions
  • Tires, Wheels & Hubs

Commercial vehicles found to have brake-related out-of-service violations or other driver or vehicle violations could be immediately pulled from the roadways and prohibited from operating until issues are corrected.

These citations will affect your CSA and out-of-service scores which may invite a review of your DOT processes by FMCSA.

For assistance with all of your DOT compliance needs please contact RiskWise.