Department of Transportation Announces Proposal to Permit Use Of Brake Testers
to Inspect Big Trucks, Buses
Continuing efforts to improve the safety of the nation's roadways by preventing
truck- and bus-related crashes, U.S. Department of Transportation announced a
proposal that would allow inspectors to use performance-based brake testers to
check the brakes on large trucks and buses for compliance with federal safety
standards and to issue citations when these vehicles fail.
Performance-Based Brake Testers - Round-Robin Final Report
North American Brake Safety Conference:
Based on a series of tests using performance-based brake testers (PBBTs),
this report presents the results, conclusions and recommendations concerning the
suitability of PBBTs to enforce prospective in-service commercial motor vehicle
brake performance regulations.
Strategies to Improve Commercial Vehicle Brake Performance and Compliance
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently jointly sponsored the North
American Brake Safety Conference, held as part of Truck World 2000 at the
National Trade Center in Toronto, Ontario. This event brought together
regulators, vehicle manufactures, carriers, fleet maintenance managers, parts
suppliers and enforcement personnel. The intent was to host a program that
explores ways to reduce the incidence of brake related vehicle defects in an
The conference consisted of a series of both plenary and break-out sessions
involving experts and selected speakers on a wide range of related topics and
from a relevant range of disciplines. The intent was to produce a ?tool box' of
ideas, solutions and ?best practices' that can be used to develop strategies for
improved brake performance and compliance. A conference proceedings report will
The event was part of the ongoing efforts of Operation Air Brake that has
been approved by both the CCMTA and CVSA and is supported by the FMCSA.
1998 Brake Training Resource Directory
This publication provides a comprehensive listing of companies and
organizations that offer training materials and courses concerning the
inspection, repair and maintenance of medium- and heavy-truck brake systems.
Technician Guidelines for Antilock Braking Systems: Air-Braked
Trucks, Tractors and Trailers
The purpose of this document is to provide truck technicians with general
guidelines for ABS operation, maintenance, inspection and troubleshooting. This
document may be
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) or ordered from the
National Technical Information Service
, Springfield, VA 22161 Telephone
Antilock Braking Systems: Technician Guidelines for ABS
Videotape: Approximately 23 minutes running time.
Truck Drivers Guide to Antilock Braking Systems
This publication is intended to help familiarize truck drivers with antilock
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Antilock Braking Systems: What Every Truck Driver Should Know
Videotape: Approximately 11 minutes running time.
To obtain a copy of any of these publications or videotapes, send a postcard
or letter with your name and address to:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Vehicle and Operations Division (HCS-10)
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590
OR e-mail your request.
Training Bulletin: Pushrod Stroke Measurement Procedure
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