The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance claims that it placed 1,667 commercial vehicles out of service during a surprise safety blitz earlier this year. Those vehicles were taken off the road for brake safety violations. Overall, that figure represented 16.1% of all trucks that were inspected in the United States during the May 15 event. Another 1,620 vehicles were inspected in Canada with 13.5% being taken out of service for similar violations.
Between Sept. 16 and 22, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be having its yearly Brake Safety Week. This inspection spree will be focused on commercial motor vehicles like big rigs and buses throughout Georgia and the rest of the U.S. The purpose of the inspection is not only to ensure that drivers are maintaining their brake systems but also to raise awareness of how bad brakes put all drivers at risk.