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.
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.
to CVSA, Operation Air Brake is aimed at:
Enforcing all highway traffic regulations to reduce brake-related
· 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.