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From the Safety Desk: Brake inspection week Sep. 7-13

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) says it expects more than 30,000 brake inspections to take placephoto-safetya during Brake Safety Week: Sep. 7-13, 2014, which would be a 50 percent increase from last year’s roughly 20,000 inspections.

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The CVSA provides the following Operation Airbrake Inspection Procedure:

Inspection Items

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

Operation Air Brake Inspection Procedure
STEP 1: Choose the Inspection Site

STEP 2: Safety Considerations

STEP 3: Check Air Brake Mechanical Components

STEP 4: Check Steering Axle Air Brake Mechanical Components

STEP 5: Check Brake Adjustment

STEP 6: Build the Air Pressure to 90 – 100 PSI

STEP 7: Check the Air Brake ABS System (If Applicable)

STEP 8: Test Air Loss Rate

STEP 9: Test Low Air Pressure Warning Device

STEP 10: Check the Tractor Protection System

STEP 11: Finalize paperwork, and provide the results to the driver (i.e. out-of-service, etc.)

NOTE: All inspections are to be identified as a Level IV inspection.

NOTE: The statistics will require a count of automatic slack adjuster vs. manual slack adjuster brakes and their respective adjustment (or out of adjustment). Jurisdictions will need to capture this information on their CVSA inspection sheets or on some other form in order to compile the statistics. If the jurisdiction doesn’t normally capture this information on their inspection sheet, officers will need to know ahead of time that they are required to record this somewhere on the sheet.

393.40 – 393.55 Subpart C – Brakes DOT Interpretations?
393.40 Required brake systems. Yes
393.41 Parking brake system. Yes
393.42 Brakes required on all wheels. Yes
393.43 Breakaway and emergency braking. Yes
393.44 Front brake lines, protection. Yes
393.45 Brake tubing and hoses; hose assemblies and end fittings.
393.46 [Reserved]
393.47 Brake actuators, slack adjusters, linings/pads and drums/rotors.
393.48 Brakes to be operative. Yes
393.49 Control valves for brakes.
393.50 Reservoirs required.
393.51 Warning signals, air pressure and vacuum gauges. Yes
393.52 Brake performance. Yes
393.53 Automatic brake adjusters and brake adjustment indicators.
393.55 Antilock brake systems.
Appendix G Appendix G to Subchapter B—Minimum periodic inspection standards

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