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.
special 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.
defects continue to be the most significant and frequent violations
that commercial vehicle safety inspectors discover during a roadside
inspection. For that reason, the Operation Air Brake campaign places
a major emphasis on education and awareness of the need to improve
whose vehicles are inspected during Operation Air Brake will receive
literature that provides information about proper brake inspection
Air Brake includes two 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
out-of- service rate.