Nationwide Commercial Motor Carrier Roadside Inspection Blitz Scheduled for August

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a nationwide alliance of local, state and federal motor carrier enforcement agencies has scheduled this year’s annual Brake Safety Week roadside inspection blitz for August 20-26th with a focus on brake lining/pad violations. During the Brake Safety Week, commercial motor vehicle inspectors highlight the importance of brake systems by conducting inspections of their components and removing commercial motor vehicles found to have brake-related out-of-service violations from our roadways until those violations are corrected. Brake lining and pad issues may result in an out of service order and citation for violation of the Federal Motor carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) that could negatively impact a motor carrier’s safety rating.

Inspectors will follow either North American Standard Level I or Level V Inspection Procedures at roadside inspections during Brake Safety Week. The inspection procedures include:
• Check for missing, non-functioning, loose or cracked parts.
• Check for contaminated, worn, cracked and missing linings or pads.
• Check for S-cam flip-over.
• Listen for audible air leaks around brake components and lines.
• Check that slack adjusters are the same length (from center of S-cam to center of clevis pin) and the air chambers on each axle are the same size.
• Ensure the brake system maintains air pressure between 90-100 psi (620-690 kPa) and measure pushrod travel.
• Inspect for non-manufactured holes (e.g., rust holes, holes created by rubbing or friction, etc.) and broken springs in the spring brake housing section of the parking brake.
• Inspect required brake system warning devices, such as anti-lock braking system (ABS) malfunction lamp(s) and low air-pressure warning devices.
• Inspect the tractor protection system, including the bleed-back system on the trailer.
• Ensure the breakaway system is operable on the trailer.
• Check CVSA’s vehicle inspection checklist for details on the brake portion of a Level I and Level V Inspection.
• Download CVSA’s 2023 Brake Safety Week flyer for 10 tips on keeping your brake lining/pad healthy.