August is Brake Safety Awareness month, and this year’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 22-28. This year’s Brake Safety Week, inspectors will emphasize the importance of brake systems by conducting inspections and taking commercial motor vehicles that have been found to have brake-related out-of-service violations off the roadways.
During the week, inspectors are going to conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles, focusing on the vehicle’s brake systems and components. Inspectors will also be compiling data on brake hoses/tubing, the focus for this year’s Brake Safety Week, to submit to the CVSA.
A week is devoted to brake safety, and identifying brake violations and taking vehicles with out of service brake violations off the road because:
- Brake system and brake adjustment violations accounted accounted for more vehicle violations than any other vehicle violations category, accounting for 38.6% of all vehicle out-of-service conditions during last year’s three day International Roadcheck inspection.
- Brake Systems were the third most cited vehicle-related factor in fatal commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle crashes, according to the FMCSA latest “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” report.
- Brake-related violations accounted for eight out of the top 20 vehicle violations in 2020 according to FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.
- During last year’s Brake Safety Week, 12% of the 43,565 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations.
Brake Safety Week is a week to remind companies, drivers, CMV vehicle mechanics and technicians to consistently check and service their vehicles to make sure every vehicle on our roadways are safe and compliant.