Brake safety week is taking place August 22nd-28th, 2021. Last year, brake-related violations accounted for eight out of twenty vehicle violations, according to the FMCSA. To help combat this issue, the focus of this week to put inspector’s attention on the brake systems during inspections, and to place vehicles that have brake-related out of service violations from the roadways.
So, what is included in brake safety? Brake safety inspections include checking to make sure hoses and tubes are free of leaks, corrosion, undamaged, and properly attached with the correct flexibility. For example, using Performance-Based Braker Testers (PBBT), inspectors do visual checks as well as air brake testing. According to the US Federal Regulations, your vehicle will be put out of service at the time of inspection. if your brakes fall below the minimum 43.5%
Visually check these on a regular basis to get you better prepared for brake safety week;
- Air brake chamber
- Brake hoses and tubing
- Cotter pins
- Clevis pins
- Slack adjuster
- Air lines.
In conclusion, to avoid being part of the 30% that was put out of service due to brake system violation, the week is announced in advance. This is to remind commercial drivers to proactively check and service their vehicles along with their brakes.
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