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Operation Air Brake OOS rate increases slightly (October 26, 2004)

REGINA, Sask. -- The out of service rate during this year's Operation Air Brake was up slightly compared to last ye...

REGINA, Sask. — The out of service rate during this year’s Operation Air Brake was up slightly compared to last year.

More than 240,000 bakes were inspected during this year’s blitz with the total out of service rate increasing from 11 to 11.4 per cent compared to 2003. Brake component violations also increased, from 7.5 to 8.8 per cent. The sixth annual Operation Air Brake was held Sept. 1, 2004.

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) officials said brake-related defects continue to be the most significant and frequent violations discovered by inspectors. The organization stressed education as an important part of this year’s campaign and provided drivers and mechanics with demonstrations and educational material on proper brake operation.

The Husky Truck Stop in Regina, Sask. was one location where these demonstrations were carried out. Most other centers participating in the educational campaign were in the U.S.

“This was an exciting opportunity to bring drivers, mechanics, other trucking industry people and enforcement officers together to promote proper brake adjustments and proper brake inspection procedures. I hope we will continue such activities,” said Terry Renfrew, director of equipment compliance for Landstar Carrier Services.

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