Make a note on your calendar: The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds its annual Brake Safety Day Sept. 7 in an effort to cut down on crashes caused by poorly maintained brakes.
On Brake Safety Day, law enforcement officials will primarily conduct full Level I inspections and Level IV brake inspections on trucks. These will include inspections of brake system components to look for loose or missing parts, leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors and other faulty brake system components. Inspectors will also check antilock braking system malfunction lamps.
Brakes violations make up the largest percentage of out-of-service violations, the CVSA says, representing 45.7 percent of all out of service violations during 2016’s International Roadcheck campaign.
Earlier this year, CVSA conducted an unannounced Brake Safety Day on May 3. The two brake inspection days replace Brake Safety Week conducted in previous years.