During the week of Sept. 11-17, 2016, DOT Inspectors from Canada, the United States and Mexico will be inspecting commercial Motor vehicles (CMVs) with a focus on braking components as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Operation Air Brake.
This is an annual enforcement effort that is launched with a goal of improving compliance with brake safety regulations in North America.
Having brakes that function properly is crucial to the safe operation of vehicles on our highways. Brakes are designed to perform according to mechanical standards in the most difficult conditions, however, they must be regularly inspected and maintained according to preventive maintenance intervals to ensure that they operate properly when needed.
Improperly installed or adjusted air brakes can and will reduce braking efficiency. This translates into increased stopping distances that can put the general motoring public, sharing the highway with CMVs, at greater risk. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are also designed to help a vehicle stop and to allow a driver to maintain control at all times; however, ABS must also be periodically inspected and maintained.