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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week takes place from August 23-29, 2020 across North America. During the week, law enforcement will inspect commercial vehicles for brake violations along with other critical violations. Commercial vehicles that do not pass inspection will be placed out of service until the violation is corrected.

For the 2020 CVSA Brake Safety Week, inspectors will pay special attention to brake hoses/tubing, which affect the entire brake system. Inspectors will look for signs of damage, leaks, and flexibility in the brake hoses/tubing of commercial vehicles.

During the 2019 CVSA Brake Safety Week, inspectors conducted 34,320 commercial motor vehicle inspections. 86.5% of these inspections did not have any critical brake-related violations, but 13.5% of commercial vehicles failed the inspections. During the 2019 brake safety week, 4,626 commercial vehicles were taken off the road, negatively impacting available truckload capacity.

How will the CVSA Brake Inspection Week Impact Shippers?
During CVSA Brake Inspection Week, shippers may experience tightened capacity, which can cause rate increases and delivery delays. Market conditions are already volatile due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an active hurricane and tropical storm season. With the addition of the CVSA Brake Inspection Week, some carriers may take their trucks off the road to avoid inspection, and this will influence available capacity the week of August 23rd.

What measures can shippers take to avoid disruption during the CVSA Brake Inspection Week?
To avoid rate increases, capacity challenges, and delayed deliveries during CVSA’s 2020 Brake Inspection Week, shippers should collaborate with an experienced 3PL who can work to ensure your shipments arrive on-time and in-budget. Proactive communication with your 3PL and a judiciously designed transportation strategy is key to safeguarding your transportation operations from market volatility and ensuring your shipments arrive successfully.

When facing a planned capacity disruption like CVSA Brake Safety Week, GlobalTranz recommends increasing lead times between booking a shipment and the actual pick-up. This strategic shift can reduce transportation costs and protect your freight from the impact of capacity constraints.

Additionally, it’s important to ensure that your 3PL partner fosters a collaborative relationship with reliable carriers. At GlobalTranz, we leverage our relationships with over 34,000 best-in-class truckload carriers to minimize potential disruptions. Due to our extensive carrier qualification process we are confident in our ability to provide shippers with virtually unlimited, high-quality capacity to meet your transportation needs.

GlobalTranz’s team of logistics experts stand at the ready to assist you through any capacity disruption and market volatility your organization may face. Please contact us and put our expertise to work for you.