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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Two reports just released by several trucking industry groups point to defective brakes as the number one reason rigs get taken out of service in North America.

The reports have been compiled by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).

The reports are the result of the North American Brake Safety Conference, which was held in Toronto last September. The conference included representatives such as manufacturers, regulators, drivers, carriers, engineers and enforcement officials.

The CVSA says it will be sending letters to approximately 60 stakeholder organizations in the U.S. and Canada, asking for a response to one or more of the 12 recommendations outlined in the reports.

One document, the Report of Conference Proceedings, consists of 95 pages and contains the presentations of the expert panelists who spoke at the first North American Brake Safety Conference held last September to address the long standing and perplexing problem of brake safety.

The other document, the Final Report, consists of 51 pages and makes 12 specific and prioritized recommendations on ways to improve brake compliance that came out of the discussions of the conference attendees.

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