Heads up, truckers! Truck
and bus safety enforcement agencies throughout the United States
and Canada will conduct 16 hours of brake safety roadside inspections
on 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, are conducted several days each year. While brake-related
defects continue to be the most frequent commercial vehicle equipment
violation, CVSA reports that safety compliance continue 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.