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KSP: Focus on Brake Safety for Commercial Vehicles

From Officer Stevie Douglas

Frankfort, KY - This week kicks off Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) weeklong brake safety inspection, education and enforcement initiative. Kentucky State Police (KSP) Commercial Vehicle Inspectors are joining others from Canada, Mexico and across the U.S. to conduct brake-related inspections to improve highway safety.

In addition to checking the brake-system operation, inspectors will also examine the condition of brake pads for cracks, loose, worn or missing brake pads.


Commercial motor vehicles that pass a Level I or V Inspection are eligible to receive a CVSA decal. A CVSA decal signals to roadside inspectors that the vehicle has been recently inspected and passed inspection (decals are valid for up to three consecutive months). This allows inspectors to focus their time on vehicles that have not been recently inspected.

Conversely, when an inspector performs an inspection and identifies critical vehicle inspection item violations, as outlined in the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, that vehicle will be placed out of service until those violations have been corrected.

Brake Safety Week is part of CVSA's Operation Airbrake Program, which is dedicated to improving commercial motor vehicle brake safety throughout North America.


This story was posted on 2023-08-22 08:32:41
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