During this week, officers have been paying special attention to brake systems when conducting their inspections. This week is Brake Safety Week, and the goal is to increase road safety by decreasing the number of commercial vehicle collisions caused by faulty braking systems. Failure to properly service brake systems is the most common reason for commercial vehicles to be placed out of service.
Brake Safety Week Is first and foremost an educational campaign. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers have made a special effort this week to engage with drivers and companies and encourage them to learn about the nuances of the brake system and ensure brake systems on all vehicles are in top shape. Officers talk with drivers and mechanics at inspection stations, truck stops and other locations where industry personnel gather.
Targeted checks were held at the following locations specifically for Brake Safety Week:
- Airdrie Vehicle Inspection Station
Queen Elizabeth II Highway, 5 km north of Calgary (view map)
- Hanna Mobile Inspection Station
Junction of Highways 9 and 36, 8 km east of Hanna on Highway 9 (view map)
- Hinton Vehicle Inspection Station
Highway 16 Eastbound, 18 km west of Hinton (view map)
- Hoselaw Mobile Inspection Station
Highway 28, 16 km southwest of Bonnyville, 1 km east of the junction of Highway 28 and Highway 41 (view map)
- Whitecourt Vehicle Inspection Station
Highway 43, 6 km west of Whitecourt (view map)
- Coutts Vehicle Inspection Station
Highway 4 at Coutts (view map)
Brake Safety Awareness Week is part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Campaign. The CVSA certifies commercial vehicle inspectors across North America and the Operation Airbrake campaign is part of an ongoing effort to improve inspection, compliance, maintenance and performance of commercial vehicle brakes throughout the continent.