Brake Safety Week is September 15-21, 2019

Posted: Sep, 11th 2019



Commercial Vehicle Inspectors will be conducting brake inspections on large trucks and buses throughout the United States starting the week of September 15, 2019.  According to CVSA brake safety week aims to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on CMVs by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections and removing dangerous vehicles from our roadways. Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. Brakes must be routinely inspected carefully and consistently maintained so they operate and perform to the manufacturer’s specifications throughout the life of the vehicle. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing serious risk to public safety on our roadways.

 What do you need to know as an owner operator or driver when faced with a brake inspection? Here are some tips from our safety expert at ITI:

  • Drivers should make sure they do their pre-trip inspection specifically paying attention to their lights, tires and brakes.
  • Make sure that the ELD, if required, is working properly.
  • Check their annual inspection to ensure it is current.
  • Know where all required paperwork is kept, especially your driver’s license, DOT medical card and registration.
  • Be polite to the officers if you are stopped.  It not the time for a confrontation

Follow the tips listed and if you aren’t sure if your fleet is ready email, we have professionals who are available for private mechanic trainings or truck inspections. Inspectors will place vehicles out of service if critical brake violations are noted. We want brake inspection week to go smoothly for all of our owner operators and drivers.



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