Motor Carrier Officers to Participate in Brake Safety Week

Contact: MC Lt. David Haynes, MSP/CVED, 734-621-2806

Motor carrier officers from the Michigan State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (MSP/CVED) will be conducting inspections at weigh station facilities and rest area locations throughout the state with a focus on defective equipment and driver hours of service. This enforcement operation is part of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Brake Safety Week and will take place throughout North America August 22-28.

Every day, lives are saved throughout North America because of commercial motor vehicle roadside inspections. It is anticipated that more than 65,000 drivers of large truck and buses will be inspected during this one-week North American operation.

The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, and electrical systems. Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

August is also Brake Safety Awareness Month.  Members will work to educate commercial motor vehicle drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, owner-operators, and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation, and performance through outreach, education and awareness campaigns.