Certified personnel of the Department of Public Safety-Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program will be checking the brakes of commercial vehicles within the week of Sept. 15-21, which has been declared Brake Safety Week, to ensure that their brakes work.
This initiative is focused on the roadside inspection and identification of commercial motor vehicles with critical brake violations. Vehicles found to have critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item conditions, will be removed from CNMI roadways until those violations are corrected.
The inspections include thorough investigation of brake systems on commercial motor vehicles. Inspectors will also pay special attention to brake hoses/tubing, which must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible.
This brake-focused safety initiatives aim to reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles with brake system deficiencies by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections and removing commercial motor vehicles with dangerous brake conditions from our roads.
Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
CVSA is a nonprofit association composed of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. The alliance aims to achieve uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections and enforcement by certified inspectors dedicated to driver and vehicle safety. Our mission is to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and uniformity throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States by providing guidance and education to enforcement, industry and policy makers. (PR)