Brake Safety Week begins

TORONTO – In just a few days a legion of vehicle inspectors will be out in full force on North American highways to get a look at your brakes.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is gearing up for its annual Brake Safety Week, Sept. 12-18.

The enforcement blitz, part of the annual Operation Air Brake Campaign, aims to improve inspection, compliance, maintenance and performance of commercial vehicle brakes throughout North America.

CVSA-certified officers will conduct Level I and Brake-Only inspections at a number of inspection locations.

As well, inspectors, brake suppliers and industry partners will conduct education activities with drivers at truckstops and weigh stations.

Out of adjustment air brakes and brake system defects are the number one factor for trucks being placed out of service.

Poorly adjusted or defective air brakes reduce the braking capacity for large vehicles and further inhibit their stopping distance, CVSA warns.

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