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  • Wed

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

    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 Day - September 7th.  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 knesta@aztrucking.com  or call 602.850.6003 by September 1st.

    CVSA’s Brake Safety Day is Sept. 7, 2017

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, is Brake Safety Day, an enforcement and compliance campaign where law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program.

    The goal of Brake Safety Day is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections, and identifying and removing vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways.

    In addition, outreach and educational efforts by CMV inspectors, motor carriers and others are integral to the success of the campaign. Brake Safety Day activities seek to educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance.

    Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be routinely inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of trucks and buses, posing serious risks to all highway users and public safety. Antilock braking systems help the vehicle, and thus the driver, maintain control in certain situations, which reduces the risk of some types of crashes.

    On Brake Safety Day, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspections conducted will include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. ABS malfunction indicator lamps are also checked. Inspectors will measure pushrod stroke, where applicable. Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service.

    This year’s Sept. 7 Brake Safety Day follows up on CVSA’s May 3, 2017, unannounced Brake Safety Day and replaces the seven-day Brake Safety Week campaign from previous years.



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