Throughout the week, law enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles throughout North America. Vehicles with critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected.
This year’s main focus will be on brake hoses/tubing as a reminder of their importance to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety. Routine brake system inspections and replacements are vital to the safety of commercial motor vehicles. Brake hoses/tubing are an important part of the braking system so when they do fail, they can cause problems for the rest of the braking system.
During last year’s three-day International Roadcheck enforcement campaign, out-of-adjustment brakes and break system violations represented 45% of all out-of-service vehicle violations. The goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of crashes caused or made more severe by faulty brake systems on commercial motor vehicles.
Vehicle braking efficiency will be measured using performance-based brake testers (PBBT). PBBTs determine overall vehicle braking efficiency or the total brake force over the effective total gross weight. The minimum required braking efficiency for trucks with gross vehicle weight rating above 10,000 pounds is 43.5%, required by 5 393.52 of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria.