Current inspection of braking systems for commercial motor vehicles in North America generally requires an enforcement inspector or maintenance person to get underneath the vehicle in order to measure push rod travel and check other visual, aural, and tactile indicators of potential brake performance. The inspection procedure used by inspectors, et. al., the North American Standard Driver-Vehicle Inspection, is provided by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). This procedure is current standard used by the States, as well as by Canada and Mexico, for commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement. Such sensory inspections can be subjective, time and labour-intensive, and difficult, particularly on vehicles with low ground clearance. Brake "inspections" being conducted using performance-based testing technologies have exhibited potential in alleviating many of these limitations, as well as performing improved and objective evaluations on the braking capabilities of commercial motor vehicles. For the covering abstract see IRRD E102946.


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  • Accession Number: 00780774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 89-950073-2-X
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2000 12:00AM