On May 15, 2019, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) law enforcement members conducted 10,358 commercial motor vehicle inspections focused on identifying brake system violations. Of those inspections, 16.1% of vehicles had brake-related critical vehicle inspection items. Those 1,667 vehicles were placed out of service until the violations could be corrected.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than half a million commercial motor vehicle violations in 2017 were related to brakes. CVSA aims to call attention to this serious issue through its targeted brake safety enforcement and awareness campaigns, such as the May 15 unannounced inspection blitz. This enforcement initiative highlights the work that’s done by inspectors every day to keep our roadways safe. Checking brake systems and their components is always part of roadside vehicle inspections.
Inspectors also paid close attention to violations involving brake hoses/tubing:
- There were 996 units with chafed rubber hose violations.
- 185 units had chafed thermoplastic hose violations.
- There were 1,125 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included chafed rubber hoses.
- There were 124 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.
See the complete article from CVSA online.