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Brake Inspection Out-of-Service Rates Climbed in 2014

Brake inspection out-of-service rates climbed in 2014
Brake inspection out-of-service rates climbed in 2014

As the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance shares information from its Brake Safety Week, it is clear that brake inspection out-of-service rate jumped in 2014. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) certified commercial motor vehicle safety inspectors conducted 13,305 brake system inspections on trucks and buses throughout North America over a week in September 2014 and found more than 16% of trucks lacked safe brakes. This dangerous situation is wholly unacceptable.Based on information provided earlier this year by the CVSA, law enforcement officials and safety inspectors in Brake Safety Week placed 2,162 trucks – or roughly 16% of the vehicles inspected– Out Of Service (OOS).

The percentage of commercial trucks placed out of service increased from 2013’s record-low of 13.5 percent. It should be noted that the number of trucks inspected was lower in 2014 than the 2012 and 2013 numbers.

Brake Inspection Out-of-Service Rate Over the Years

According to the CVSA website, Out-of-Service rates for each year were as follows:

  • 16.2 percent (1,658) *
  • 13.5 percent in 2013
  • 15.3 percent in 2012
  • 14.2 percent in 2011

*indicates a four year high

The reasons for placing a commercial truck or passenger bus out-of-service include:

Brake adjustment issues:

  • 10.4 percent (1,388) *
  • 9.0 percent in 2013
  • 9.4 percent in 2012
  • 8.4 percent in 2011

*indicates a four year high

Brake component problems:

  • 9.3 percent (1,244) *
  • 7.1 percent in 2013
  • 7.8 percent in 2012
  • 7.9 percent in 2011

*indicates a four year high

An 80,000 lbs. Safety Problem

In looking at the numbers from these Brake Safety Week inspections, it hugely concerning that more than 16% of trucks were taken out-of-service because their brakes were not up to the job of safely stopping the truck. At 53-feet long, these trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds! That so many truck drivers and trucking companies put their tractor-trailers onto the road without properly functioning brakes is a massive safety issue. As a matter of fact, you can see from our previous post that equipment failure is one of the five common causes of truck accidents.

While I certainly applaud CVSA members for carrying out something in the area of 4 million driver and vehicle roadside safety inspections each year, the trucking industry must do more to keep our roads safe. I am not sure if it is statistically possible to achieve a perfect safety record for the industry, surely that has to be the goal.

Helping People Injured by Unsafe Trucks

If you or a loved one has been victimized by an unsafe truck driver or company, then I invite you to get in touch directly with my fellow attorneys and I at Whiting Law Group. We are leading truck accident attorneys – we work with our clients to hold negligent and unscrupulous truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for the harm that they wrongfully cause others. For a free consultation about your case, please contact me on 1-877-936-7200 or twhiting@wlglaw.net.