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Brake Safety Week is Set for Aug. 23-29

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week will proceed as scheduled, Aug. 23-29. Enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles throughout the week and vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations, or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. Vehicles that pass eligible inspections may receive a passed-inspection CVSA decal.

Checking brake system components is always part of the roadside inspection process; however, inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing during this year’s Brake Safety Week to highlight the importance of those components to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.

During last year’s Brake Safety Week, 13.5% of the commercial motor vehicles inspected had brake-related vehicle inspection item violations and were placed out of service.

Brake Safety Week is part of law enforcement’s effort to reduce brake-related crashes by conducting roadside inspections and identifying and removing unsafe commercial motor vehicles from roadways.

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Enhanced Uptime Services Packages

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have announced an extension to their respective uptime services support bundles at no cost through the end of the year or a minimum of three months, whichever is longer, for customers with packages expiring between May 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Included in the Mack Trucks bundle is Mack GuardDog Connect, Mack’s fully integrated telematics solution. Customers also have access to Mack OneCall, Mack’s 24/7 customer support and Mack ASIST, Mack’s web-based service management program. Mack Over The Air remote software updates are included, as well.

Mack OneCall agents at the Mack Uptime Center offer support to customers experiencing planned and unplanned service events, including scheduling service and repairs. Agents also respond to events that are proactively identified through GuardDog Connect, standard on all Mack models equipped with Mack engines.

GuardDog Connect also enables Mack Over The Air, offering remote software updates for powertrain components and vehicle parameters for Mack trucks equipped with 2017 or newer Mack engines. Updates are scheduled for when it works best for the customer. In February, Mack announced driver-activated updates, enabling customers to initiate onboard updates through the vehicle instrument cluster whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for them. This feature will be available in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Volvo Trucks Uptime Services bundle includes:

  • Volvo Trucks Remote Diagnostics powertrain package, minimizing unexpected downtime by monitoring Volvo engine performance, Volvo I-Shift transmissions and aftertreatment systems.
  • Web-based ASIST service communications platform, providing digital access to dealers for electronic estimates, repair orders and approvals.
  • 24/7 roadside support from Volvo Action Service (VAS), providing access to Volvo Trucks’ Uptime Center experts headquartered at the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C., to manage emergency service, schedule repairs and assist with any issues that happen on the road.
  • Remote Programming updates, enabling direct connectivity with the Volvo Trucks Uptime Center for remote system upgrades using the Volvo Trucks telematics platform.