Are You Ready for Brake Safety Week? New A Video Can Help.

Next week is Brake Safety Week across America.  From September 6-12, commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.

To help ensure our clients are prepared for these inspections, Vertical Alliance Group has released a new Brake Safety video.   To make it easy for your drivers to get a quick refresher on best practices, the video is less than 10 minutes in length and discusses several points of inspection for braking systems.

If you are a current user of the Infinit-i Workforce System, the video can be found in the following location in the Infinit-I Workforce System Library:

  • Category: Trucking Industry
  • Module/Tool: Brake Safety
  • Length: 9:49

About Brake Safety Week: Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage (representing 46.2 percent during Roadcheck 2014) of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections.

Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety. Brake inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week 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. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also are checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke when appropriate. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

Read more about the inspection procedure. Additional inspections may include some Level I Inspections and, in ten participating jurisdictions, overall vehicle braking efficiency will be tested using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measure total vehicle weight and total brake force, from which braking efficiency is calculated. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.

If you are not currently a user of the Infinit-I Workforce System, schedule a demo to learn more.