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More than 5,000 trucks placed OOS during brake blitz

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) this week announced the results from this year’s Brake Safety Week enforcement effort.

Brake Safety Week took place in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada from August 23 — 29, 2020. The CVSA released the results from the week-long brake blitz on October 27.

During Brake Safety Week, a total of 43,565 commercial motor vehicles were inspected. Twelve percent of those vehicles (5,156 CMVs) were placed out of service for brake violations.

See below for some more Brake Safety Week highlights:

  • In the U.S., 35,778 inspections were conducted; 4,565 vehicles (13%) were placed out of service for brake-related violations.
  • In Mexico, 6% (355) of the 5,958 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations.
  • In Canada, 1,829 inspections were conducted, and the brake-related out-of-service rate was 14% (256).

In addition to looking for brake violations, inspectors also recorded and submitted data regarding the chafing of brake hoses.

“Although many commercial motor vehicle enforcement agencies were forced to reduce services in the spring due to the pandemic, it was important that we resumed inspection and enforcement duties as soon as it was safe to do so,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “With truck drivers designated ‘essential personnel’ by the government, we needed to ensure that the vehicles traversing our roadways were safe to support commercial drivers as they selflessly continued to work during such a difficult and challenging time.”

The CVSA also announced that next year’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 22 — 28, 2021.