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Why truck brake inspections are so important

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2023 | Trucking Accidents |

Florida will soon recognize Brake Safety Week. This event is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). It is scheduled to take place between August 20th and 26th. The event’s purpose will be one that many experts believe is long overdue. This will draw attention to the safety of brake linings and pads on commercial vehicles.

What is Brake Safety Week all about?

Truck accidents have been increasing both in number and severity throughout Florida in the past few years. As a result, the role played by commercial trucks in these accidents has come under scrutiny. Brake Safety Week is designed to spearhead new initiatives to bring these numbers down to as low a level as possible.

August will culminate in a week where law enforcement officers will very aggressively inspect brake systems on commercial vehicles. All vehicles with service violations related to out-of-date or defective systems will be sidelined. The ban on their use will continue until these violations are corrected.

Several specially commissioned inspectors will carry out all of their normal duties. They will also keep a sharp eye out for all data that can be collected from these commercial truck brake inspections. All of the information that is gathered will be forwarded to the CVSA.

Vehicle inspections can reveal serious issues

Truck inspections are sorely needed to reduce the potential for danger that these large vehicles can occasionally present. Issues related to missing or defective brake linings and pads are more serious than most people think. These are some of the elements that are most likely to lead to severe or fatal accidents on the road.

Previous events sponsored by the CVSA have led to some substantive findings. For example, a recent safety inspection blitz reviewed over 5,900 vehicles nationwide. Six hundred seventy-nine of these vehicles were sidelined until they could be brought into compliance. The latest event is expected to yield similar results.


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