Operation Airbrake: Improving Trucking Safety

The big trucks that operate on our highways and roadways can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. At that kind of weight, it is absolutely imperative that the 18-wheelers have properly functioning brake systems. Functioning air brakes are a key part of trucking safety. For that reason, we applaud the Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration for its efforts to raise awareness and improve education around this key safety feature.

Conducting Air Brake Inspections

Operation Airbrake - Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)The brakes on commercial motor vehicles — trucks and buses — are engineered to function properly under even the most difficult of driving and highway conditions. Yet no system is completely fail-safe. Even the best air brake systems should be regularly inspected and maintained in order to ensure that they ma safe and ready for the road.

Earlier this month, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted Brake Safety Week. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness about the need to conduct brake inspections, and how to do so correctly. According to the CVSA website, Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America. Brake Safety Week is part of the CVSA’s program Operation Airbrake.

About the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The mission of the CVSA is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. CVSA member jurisdictions are represented by various Departments of Transportation, Public Utility and Service Commissions, State Police, Highway Patrols and Ministries of Transport. More information about the CVSA can be found on its website at

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