August 20, 2015 CVSA’s 2015 Annual Brake Safety Week is September 6-12 As part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) “Operation Airbrake” program, the Annual Brake Safety Week will take place during the week of September 6- 12. Brake Safety Week is an “annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.” According to a CVSA press release, assessments include, “inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components.” Inspection details are here. In 2014, 13,305 vehicles were inspected resulting in 2,162 trucks put out-of-service for brake violations. What does this mean for shippers? Roads will become safer as non-compliant vehicles are identified and serviced. Capacity could tighten during the road check. While drivers are being inspected they are considered “on duty”, reducing their available hours of service. A significant number of trucks are expected to be placed out of service for brake violations thus lowering the number of available trucks. The timing of this brake check falls during the shortened work week following Labor Day, which is also at the beginning of peak shipping season. Consideration may have to be given for any additional costs incurred by shippers and receivers as a direct result of transit delays causing overtime pay, lost production and lost revenues. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about finding capacity during the 7 day brake safety week.