Source: Bendix announcement
ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) wants to make it easier for fleets and owner-operators to plan for and accomplish basic maintenance tasks with proactive advice on tire and brake systems in time for this year’s International Roadcheck.
In 2019, almost two-thirds – or 64.4 percent – of the vehicles taken out of service during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck had violations related to brake systems, tires and wheels, and brake adjustment. The statistic emphasizes the importance of foundational maintenance, and its role in keeping vehicles on the road and operating safely.
The 2020 Roadcheck takes place Sept. 9-11, after being postponed from its original dates of May 5-7 because of the coronavirus pandemic. During the three-day inspection and enforcement initiative, CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, examining both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
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“During the 2019 Roadcheck initiative, nearly 18 percent of inspected vehicles in the U.S. were removed from service because of critical violations related to either drivers or vehicles. In fact, the majority of those violations were attributed to either braking systems, tires and wheels, and brake adjustment,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix director – demos, sales and service training. “This year, inspectors will again scrutinize braking systems and wheel-end components, while also putting a special focus on examining driver requirements.
“Still, it’s important to note that many of the issues that turn up in these inspections – such as improper tire pressure or brakes in need of adjustment – can be easily prevented with simple, routine maintenance. Also critically important is a caliber of technician training that ensures these procedures are performed properly and at the right time.”
Since its inception in 1988, International Roadcheck – the largest targeted commercial motor vehicle program in the world – has conducted more than 1.6 million total roadside inspections in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Some 17 trucks and buses are inspected every minute of the 72-hour period, with most of them undergoing the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection. This 37-step procedure includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
With vehicle braking systems, wheel-ends, and tires under scrutiny, Bendix – the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles – shares key points on inspecting and maintaining these crucial components.
The entire announcement and further tips and information can be found by clicking HERE.