Operation Air Brake nears: mark your calendar for Sept. 5

| 8/28/2002

Heads up, truckers! Truck and bus safety enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada will conduct 12 hours of brake safety roadside inspections Sept. 5. The annual campaign, dubbed "Operation Air Brake," is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

These inspections, which began in 1998, emphasize reducing the number of brake-related violations. While brake-related defects continue to be the most frequent commercial vehicle equipment violation, CVSA reports that safety compliance continues to show improvements. For example, last year's inspection blitz checked 11,294 vehicles. A total of 2,009 vehicles (17.8 percent) were placed out of service because of brake-related defects. Seventy five percent of these defects were for brake adjustment problems. The out-of-service rate for the September 2000 announced event, during which 8,912 vehicles were inspected, was 16.7 percent.

Operation Air Brake is aimed at:

· Enforcing all highway traffic regulations to reduce brake-related crashes;
· Increasing drivers' and carriers' knowledge of brake compliance and vehicle brake performance;
· Making sure all applicable brake system inspection requirements are followed; and conducting inspections similar to Operation Air Brake across all North American jurisdictions with greater regularity.