On 15 May, a coalition of US and Canadian law enforcement organizations operating under the auspices of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, carried out over 10,000 safety inspections aimed at identifying defective brakes. About 16 percent of the vehicles tested across the 55 participating localities turned out to have serious brake problems. As a result, 1,600 vehicles were taken out of service so their brake problems could be resolved. Common issues identified included changes, twisted or damaged brake hoses or tubing.
- Inspections were conducted in May 2019 by law enforcement personnel from jurisdictions in both the U.S. and Canada.
- Approximately one in six (16.1%) of inspected vehicles were found to have brake-related critical issues.
- The inspections were particularly focused on violations involving brake hoses and tubing, and identified nearly 1,000 units with chafed rubber hoses.
“More than 1,600 commercial vehicles were placed out of service during an unannounced brake inspection blitz in May conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s law enforcement members.”