The motor carrier industry is fortunate to have so many organizations promoting the safety of drivers. This month, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is promoting Brake Safety Week from August 23-29. The top three out-of-service vehicle violations were for brake systems in 2018. Because of this, it’s important to acknowledge this week by checking your brake system components.
What Does Brake Safety Consist Of?
Enforcement officials will be inspecting commercial motor vehicles in a heightened effort. The goal is to prevent accidents and promote safety during Brake Safety Week. Although brakes are always part of the roadside inspection process, officials will be paying particular attention to brake hoses and tubing this year. These parts are essential to the braking process. Tubes must be “properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible” according to the CVSA. If you fail to comply, you could be fined thousands of dollars, and for good reason. Brake-related crashes are the cause of many highway fatalities. Therefore, vehicles that do not pass this inspection could be placed out of service and fined up to $25,000.
How Can I Ensure My Brakes Are Okay?
During last year’s Brake Safety Week, 13.5% of the commercial motor vehicles inspected had brake-related vehicle inspection item violations and were placed out of service. To avoid any disruptions to your route and fines, do not operate your commercial motor vehicle carelessly. Title 49 in the Code of Federal Regulations includes brake requirements under subpart C. Stay up to date on your required brake system, parking brake system, and more and ensure your trucking company is following such regulations.
At Forward, We Make Brake Safety Week Every Week.
Vehicle safety is important to us for the safety of our drivers and others on the road. In addition, it’s critical for the reliability in our transit services. We take our inspection processes seriously and support this initiative from the CVSA in partnership with the FMCSA and Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. Forward has been a leading provider of ground transportation and related logistics services to the North American air freight and expedited LTL market, and we plan on keeping it this way.
If you’re interested in driving for Forward, contact a recruiter today.