Event Information:

  • Wed

    DPS Safety Talk & Demo - Roadside Inspections & CVSA Brake Week

    0900 AM - NoonATA Offices

    Please join Sgt. Lee Bradshaw and Trooper Tim Elmer (DPS Special Enforcement Bureau) and Jon Miller (Vanguard Regional Service Manager of AZ) for a Safety Talk on preparing for CVSA Brake Safety Week, starting September 11th thru September 17th!  Jon will be speaking specifically about airbrakes - how they are operated, what to look for, etc.  Sgt. Bradshaw and Trooper Elmer will have a safety talk about pre trip inspections, levels of inspections, what troopers are looking for during inspections, etc.   They will also do a walk around of a vehicle with everyone following a question and answer session.

    Please RSVP to Karen Nesta at  or call 602.850.6003 by September 1st.

    CVSA Brake Safety Week Begins September 11

    Brake inspection, maintenance and operation will be the focus of a week-long enforcement and education blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). This year’s CVSA Brake Safety Week, a key event in the alliance’s Operation Air Brake Campaign, begins on Sunday, September 11 and runs through Saturday, September 17.

    Each year brake-related defects top FMCSA’s vehicle violation list, and it is little surprise that brakes are to blame for more than half of all out-of-service violations. CVSA created the Operation Air Brake Campaign to increase safety by educating inspectors, carriers and drivers and improving regulatory compliance.

    Carriers are encouraged to make sure their drivers are properly trained in air brake adjustment and brake inspection. Inspecting and adjusting brakes takes a matter of minutes and can help prevent unnecessary accidents and costly out-of-service orders.

    Drivers may also want to familiarize themselves with CVSA’s Operation Air Brake Inspection Procedure so they know what to expect if they are stopped for an inspection in conjunction with Brake Safety Week. The inspection, outlined below, will focus on the following inspection items:

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