Inspectors in Canada and the U.S. stranded 14.1% of vehicles for brake-linked flaws from Sept. 16-22, known as Brake Safety Week. There were 35,080 commercial vehicle checks overall, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports. Brakes remain a top source of out-of-service violations during other blitzes like June’s 72-hour Road check event as well.
The 2.38 million inspections conducted for this fiscal year, as of Sept. 28, yielded 1,045,335 brake-related violations – accounting for seven of the Top 20 vehicle violations overall.
Brake Safety Week data also captured anti-lock braking systems (ABS) violations, indicating how well ABS is maintained. ABS violations were counted when the malfunction lamp didn’t illuminate or stayed on, indicating an issue of some kind.
Among the ABS numbers:
- 26,143 air-braked power units required ABS; 8.3% (2,176) had ABS violations.
- 17,857 trailers required ABS; 12.5% (2,224) had ABS violations.
- 5,354 hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS; 4.4% (234) had ABS violations.
- 651 motor coaches/buses required ABS; 2% (13) had ABS violations.