Fewer trucks were pulled over during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2014 Brake Safety Week compared with previous years, according to stats recently released by CVSA. However, percentages of out-of-service violations are up.
CVSA is reporting that 13,305 brake system inspections were conducted during Brake Safety Week on Sept. 7-13, 2014. More than 20,000 vehicles were inspected in 2013, indicating a decrease of 33.7 percent for 2014.
Of those vehicles inspected, 10.4 percent were placed out of service for brake adjustments, the highest percentage compared with the previous three years. Out-of-service violations for brake components were given to 9.3 percent of vehicles, and 16.2 percent were placed out of service for brakes overall, both categories the highest when compared with stats from 2011-2013.
Canadian numbers told a different story. Out-of-service violations for brake adjustments reached 4.6 percent, brake component violations were at 6.8 percent, and total brake violations accounted for 11.0 percent of vehicles that were inspected.
Roadside inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week included the inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also were checked. Inspectors inspected brake components and measured pushrod stroke when appropriate.
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