the first time, the annual Operation Air Brake campaign that takes place
throughout the United States and Canada will include educational events at
truck stops across North America.
Sept. 1, in addition to roadside brake inspections, several truck stop
operators have volunteered to help sponsor brake safety inspection/awareness
activities are intended to further educate drivers and mechanics on the
importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation,” Steve
Keppler, a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance spokesman, said. “This is
especially important because braking systems on commercial vehicles are
complicated and contain many parts that need frequent inspection and attention
to ensure proper operation and safe performance.”
truck stop demonstrations will be conducted by CVSA-certified commercial
vehicle inspectors and are intended to focus on education rather than
enforcement. Drivers will receive educational materials on proper brake
operation, how to recognize potential brake problems, and the need for properly
maintained brakes. The educational materials will also be available to drivers
of vehicles inspected at the Operation Air Brake roadside inspection events.
defects continue to be the most significant and frequent violations that
commercial vehicle safety inspectors discover during roadside inspections,
Keppler said. For that reason, the Operation Air Brake campaign places a major
emphasis on education and awareness of the need to improve brake safety.
event, sponsored by the CVSA and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport
Administrators, is an annual safety campaign that began in 1998.