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.