Brake Safety Week Inspections Up, Out-of-Service Violations Down

The results are in from the recent Brake Safety Week inspections of large trucks and buses that took place in early September in North America.

Coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the certified safety inspectors conducted 18,817 brake-system inspections, up from 13,305 in 2014.  But while inspections were up, the out-of-service rate for all brake-related violations was down at 12.3 percent, or 2,321 vehicles, compared to last year’s 16.2 percent.

Since we’re all about safety here at Paramount Freight Systems, we like to share news about these inspections with our owner-operators and readers of this blog. Like the CVSA, we believe that a focus on brake safety is important to our industry.

“Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections,” said CVSA President Jay Thompson in a press release.  “Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking capacity and increase stopping distance of large trucks and buses, which poses serious risks to driver and public safety.”

Brake Safety Inspections

During the required roadside inspections for Brake Safety Week, inspectors were looking for the following:

  • Loose or missing parts
  • Air or hydraulic fluid leaks
  • Worn linings and brake pads
  • Cracked or damaged drums or rotors
  • Faulty anti-lock braking system indicator lamps

The out-of-service rate for brake adjustment was lower this year at 7.7 percent, or 1,457 vehicles, compared to 10.4 percent last year. And the out-of-service rate for brake components was 6.9 percent, or 1,292 vehicles, down from 9.3 percent in 2014.

Here at PFS, we encourage proper vehicle maintenance with our Owner Operators and Lease Purchasers. In fact, we even offer discounts on parts and tires. Are you an owner-operator looking to be home every night? Paramount Freight Systems is looking for dedicated Owner Operators and Lease Purchasers to join our team. Contact us today to own your own route to success.


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