Brake Safety Inspection Week Starts September 7th

Brake Safety Inspection Week

images (15)The annual Brake Safety Inspection Week starts September 7th and runs through September 13th. Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says it expects more than 30,000 brake inspections to take place during the week, which would be a 50 percent increase from last year’s estimated 20,000 inspections.

CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is part of the week-long Operation Airbrake program, sponsored by CVSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

There’s a number of different things that CVSA stated they’ll look for. On their official website, CVSA says inspectors will look for “brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors and other faulty brake-system components.”

Below, you’ll see CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Inspection codes, the inspection code ID’s and the complete procedure according to the website. This will help get you completely prepared for Break Safety Inspection Week that starts tomorrow.

Operation Airbrake Inspection Codes

  • 393.40 (Required brake systems)
  • 393.41 (Parking brake system)
  • 393.42 (Brakes required on all wheels)
  • 393.43 (Breakaway and emergency braking)
  • 393.44 (Front brake lines, protection)
  • 393.45 (Brake tubing and hoses, hose assemblies and end fittings)
  • 393.46 [Reserved]
  • 393.47 (Brake actuators, slack adjusters, linings/pads and drums/rotors)
  • 393.48 (Brakes to be operative)
  • 393.49 (Control valves for brakes)
  • 393.50 (Reservoirs required)
  • 393.51 (Warning signals, air pressure and vacuum gauges)
  • 393.52 (Brake performance)
  • 393.53 (Automatic brake adjusters and brake adjustment indicators)
  • 393.55 (Antilock brake systems)

Operation Airbrake Inspection Procedure

Inspection Items

  • Driver License
  • Registration
  • Low Air Warning Device
  • Pushrod Travel (Adjustment)
  • Brake Linings/Drums
  • Air Loss Rate (If leak detected)
  • Tractor Protection System

Operation Air Brake Inspection Procedure

STEP 1: Choose the Inspection Site

STEP 2: Safety Considerations

STEP 3: Check Air Brake Mechanical Components

STEP 4: Check Steering Axle Air Brake Mechanical Components

STEP 5: Check Brake Adjustment

STEP 6: Build the Air Pressure to 90 – 100 PSI

STEP 7: Check the Air Brake ABS System (If Applicable)

STEP 8: Test Air Loss Rate

STEP 9: Test Low Air Pressure Warning Device

STEP 10: Check the Tractor Protection System

STEP 11: Finalize paperwork, and provide the results to the driver (i.e. out-of-service, etc.)