Have You Checked Your Brakes Today?
Out of adjustment brakes and brake system violations combine to represent half of all out-of-service violations issued for commercial vehicles on the road. Brake systems that are improperly installed or poorly maintained can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks or buses, a serious safety risk.
Drivers can inspect their brake systems every day. Even if you can't go under the vehicle, you can listen for air leaks, check low air signals, and look for component damage. If you can go under your vehicle, you can measure pushrod stroke the same way a CVSA-certified inspector does, and compare the results to the pushrod stroke limits set by regulation. Operation Airbrake was started as a comprehensive campaign to help educate drivers and technicians, encourage brake safety compliance, and enforce the regulations designed to ensure safe operation. This Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) model has been used successfully in other areas of traffic concerns (most notably seat belt usage), and it is expected that a campaign using this model will be effective in addressing the issue of brake violations. The Operation Airbrake Campaign was initially developed in Canada in 1998.
Operation Airbrake is an ongoing effort of an international truck and bus brake safety campaign dedicated to improving commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.
Reduce the number of highway crashes caused by faulty braking systems on commercial vehicles by conducting roadside inspections and educating drivers, mechanics and others on the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation.
Industry Involvement is Critical
- The motor carrier industry, through its associations/lobby groups, to partner in this campaign. Industry partners will be expected to keep confidential any information that would compromise the success of the program, (such as the dates for the unannounced brake check days).
- Reports from CVSA Associate Members: Share your Operation Airbrake participation stories here.
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