On May 15, an unannounced break-focused inspection blitz placed over 1,600 trucks out of service in the U.S and Canada, in a single day. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that the commercial vehicle inspectors conducted more than 10,358 inspections which placed 1,667 (16.1%) of those vehicles out of service.
Inspectors paid close attention to break hoses/tubing. According to the CVSA, 996 trucks were issued violations for chafed rubber hoses, 185 trucks were issued violations for chafed thermoplastic hoses. Totalling, 1,125 violations for chafed rubber hoses and 124 violations for damaged thermoplastic hoses.
CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson stated to the Arkansas Highway Police, “Brake hoses and tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible,” Thompson concluded, “because they are such an important part of the braking system, the failure of hoses or tubing can cause problems for the entire braking system.”
Top five brake-related violations are:
- Clamp or roto type brake out of adjustment
- CMV manufactured after Oct. 19, 1994, has an automatic brake adjustment system that fails to compensate for wear
- Brake hose or tubing chafing and/or kinking
- No or defective ABS malfunction indicator lamp for trailer manufactured after March 1, 1998
- Inoperative/defective brakes
The CVSA will have another brake-focused inspection blitz next month, scheduled for September 15-21.