Sept. 4, truck and bus safety enforcement agencies throughout the
United States and Canada will conduct 12 hours of roadside inspections
targeted on brake safety.
event is part of Operation Air Brake, a safety campaign that originated
in Canada in 1998. It is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety
Alliance and includes participation from the Canadian Council of
Motor Transport Administrators, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration and Transport Canada.
Air Brake emphasizes education of the need to improve brake safety;
promotes increasing drivers' and motor carriers' knowledge of brake
compliance and vehicle brake performance; makes sure all applicable
brake inspection requirements are followed; and encourages commercial
vehicle brake system inspections throughout North America.
whose vehicles are inspected will receive literature that provides
information about proper brake inspection and maintenance.
Air Brake includes two primary international events each year. The
first, having an enforcement emphasis, takes place on an unannounced
date in May. The second, having an educational focus, is announced
and takes place the first week in September.
the May 2003 unannounced date, 12,027 commercial vehicles were inspected,
resulting in 98,235 brakes checked – 18 percent of which were placed
out of service for brake-related defects. This compares with the
last announced date in September 2002, when 13,340 commercial vehicles
were inspected, resulting in 110,990 brakes checked and a 16.4 percent