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Compliance numbers slide in Air Brake blitz

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators s...


OTTAWA, Ont. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators say truckers are slipping in terms of brake compliance.

The most recent event, the publicly announced Operation Air Brake, took place Sept. 5, when the braking systems of 11,294 vehicles were inspected during 16 hours of roadside checks.

A total of 2,009 vehicles (17.8 per cent) were placed out of service because of brake-related defects. Three-quarters of these defects were for brake adjustment problems.

The out-of-service rate for the September 2000 announced event was 16.7 per cent.

“Operation Air Brake is more than just a program to enforce highway traffic safety regulations to reduce brake-related crashes,” says CVSA executive director Steve Campbell.

He describes the primary goal as promoting these objectives:
— Increase drivers’ and carriers’ knowledge of brake compliance and brake performance.
— Make sure all applicable braking system inspection requirements are followed.
— Conduct inspections similar to Operation Air Brake across all North American jurisdictions with greater regularity.

The next Operation Air Brake event will be an unannounced 16-hour inspection campaign sometime in October.


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