Brake Safety Week Is Here!

Brake Safety Week Is Here!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is in full swing! CVSA conducts this annual event to educate, inspect, and enforce brake safety regulations. The largest percentage of out-of-service vehicle violations that occur during roadside inspections relate to brake safety. Last year’s International Roadcheck underscored this safety issue, as the data showed that 38.9% of all the vehicle out-of-service violations were brake-related.

CVSA hopes Brake Safety Week will help reduce Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) accidents caused by defective braking systems. CVSA revealed this year’s Brake Safety week will focus on brake hose and tubing chafing violations. Here are some tips to help your fleet stay at its best:

  1. Examine brake hoses and tubing during both pre- and post-trip inspections.
  2. Detail any issues or safety concerns in driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIR).
  3. Search for brake hoses touching other areas of the truck, such as steering, suspension, other brake components, tires, or frame.
  4. Search for and address any air lines hanging and touching the truck frame or deck.
  5. Examine any air hoses touching other components and check for abrasions. Protect the airlines from wear and tear by securing or moving them.
  6. Listen for air leaks, locate them, and fix them before operating the CMV.
  7. Check brake hoses for kinks or inadequate repairs.
  8. Ensure all repairs comply with manufacturer guidelines and specifications.
  9. Hoses and tubes with a reduced diameter due to chafing are violations. Thermoplastic hoses with visible secondary white color are also a violation.
  10. Worn hoses with abraded or cut reinforcement ply are out-of-service conditions and require immediate replacement.

Out-of-Service violations cost motor carriers an average of $861 before paying the fine and repair costs. Inspectors enter violations into the Safety Measurement System (SMS), and trucking operations with numerous violations can become the target of increased inspections. Insurance carriers have access to this data, and multiple safety infractions can significantly affect insurance premiums. Contact Interstate Motor Carriers to learn more about effective risk management within your trucking company.