Halifax: Jake Braking an Issue in Town

The town of Halifax is having a Jake Braking problem.

You’ve all heard the noise but maybe you’ve never realized what it is or why trucks make the familiar sound.

That loud fluttering coming from a large truck or 18 wheeler is called a Jake Brake or sometimes just called J-braking.

It’s a compression release engine brake on diesel engines that when released the compressed gas trapped in the engines cylinders helps slow the truck down but also makes a thundering sound.

Many cities and towns around the South Shore are getting complaints from residents about trucks using Jake Brakes on residential roads.

For instance Walnut Street in Halifax which runs just about a mile, downhill past many residential homes down to Route 106.

Some towns like Norwell and Hingham have regulations prohibiting engine braking with fines up to $300.


About David Cedrone

David Cedrone started in radio at the campus of Rutgers University at WRSU. He also worked for the Rutgers newspaper The Daily Targum. After graduating from Rutgers he went to work as a newspaper reporter but found his true passion in radio news. He left WATD for a short time and went to work for CBS radio as a sales executive. David returned to WATD and says he has never been so passionate about his work as a radio reporter and fill-in anchor. David also reads news for TIC on Sunday mornings. David lives in Duxbury with his wife Stephanie and his four children.