Operation Air Brake ’01 set for this fall

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BETHESDA, Md. — Truck and bus safety enforcement agencies throughout Canada and the U.S. will conduct 16 hours of brake specific roadside inspections on Sept. 5.

The crackdown is part of this year’s Operation Air Brake, a North American Brake Safety Campaign sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).

These special safety inspections, which began in 1998, are conducted several days each year in an effort to reduce the number of brake-related violations.

While brake-related defects continue to be the most frequent commercial vehicle equipment violation, the results show improvements in safety compliance. For example, 10,344 vehicles were inspected in the May 2000 Operation Air Brake, with 18.5 per cent placed out-of-service for brake related problems.

In May 2001, 12,938 vehicles were inspected, with only 16 per cent placed out of service for brake violations.

In addition to enforcing all highway traffic regulations to reduce brake-related crashes, Operation Air Brake promotes these objectives:

— increase drivers’ and carriers’ knowledge of brake compliance and vehicle brake performance;
— make sure all applicable brake system inspection requirements are followed;
— and, conduct inspections similar to Operation Air Brake across all North American jurisdictions with greater regularity.

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