14.1% grounded in Brake Safety Week

John G Smith

GREENBELT, Md. – Inspectors in Canada and the U.S. grounded 14.1% of vehicles for brake-related defects from Sept. 16-22, recognized as Brake Safety Week.

There were 35,080 commercial vehicle inspections overall, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports.

Brakes remain a top source of out-of-service violations during other blitzes like June’s 72-hour Roadcheck event as well.

The 2.38 million inspections conducted for this fiscal year, as of Sept. 28, yielded 1,045,335 brake-related violations – accounting for seven of the Top 20 vehicle violations overall.

Brake Safety Week data also captured antilock braking systems (ABS) violations, indicating how well ABS is maintained. ABS violations were counted when the malfunction lamp didn’t illuminate or stayed on, indicating an issue of some kind.

Among the ABS numbers:

  • 26,143 air-braked power units required ABS; 8.3% (2,176) had ABS violations.
  • 17,857 trailers required ABS; 12.5% (2,224) had ABS violations.
  • 5,354 hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS; 4.4% (234) had ABS violations.
  • 651 motorcoaches/buses required ABS; 2% (13) had ABS violations.
John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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  • Good way to keep safety measure going how about making truck and trailer with disk brake??? my best guess it would not be a good idea because DOT would loose money on safety related citation.