The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has set the dates for it’s 2022 International Road Check, the 72-hour safety blitz of commercial vehicle inspection across North America. From May 17, 2022 to May 19, 2022, law enforcement officers will focus on wheel ends.
According to CVSA, violations involving wheel-end components historically account for about one quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during Road Check, and past data from the annual inspection blitz routinely identified wheel-end components as a top 10 violation.
As of Feb. 16, 2022, the top 20 violations so far in 2022, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), are full of various wheel-end component violations.
The #3 violation right now at roadside inspections is a clamp or roto-type brake out of adjustment, the #10 violation is a CMV manufactured after 10/10/91 which has an automatic airbrake adjustment system that fails to compensate for wear, and the list goes on.
- # 16: No or defective ABS Malfunction Indicator Lamp for trailer manufactured after March 1, 1998.
- # 17: Inoperative/defective brakes.
- # 18: Brake hose or tubing chaffing and/or kinking.
- # 19: Brakes Out of Service: The number of defective brakes is equal to or greater than 20% of the service brakes on the vehicle commination.
- # 20: Brakes in general.
To save your self a possible Out of Service during this year’s Road Check, spend a few minutes and look over your wheel end (brake system) for any possible issues that could cause your truck to be put Out of Service.