Data from the DVSA from 2018-19 puts service brake and parking brake performance as the top two reasons for annual MOT trailer test failures.
As brakes are one the most important safety systems in your vehicle they should be a key part of your fleet maintenance system. Maintaining and monitoring brakes not only improves safety and compliance, but also optimises their efficiency.
One of the main reasons why regular brake testing is crucial for HGV trailers is safety. By identifying and addressing any issues quickly, you can prevent brake failure and reduce the risk of road accidents.
HGV trailers must comply with DVSA regulations. Regular brake testing is a legal requirement for all HGV trailers to ensure they meet the required standards. The DVSA advises operators to test vehicle brakes using a roller brake tester four times annually, including the MOT. Failure to comply with the regulations can result in penalties, fines, or even prosecution.
The results of not doing regular brake tests can be very costly:
*Call out fees
And along with not being able to fulfil customer requirements these can cause major disruptions to your business.
For many years, the method used by the transport industry to check HGV trailer brakes has been roller brake testing. Whilst necessary, getting fleets tested several times a year can cause operators a lot of stress, time, and money.
EBPMS by Axscend gives operators complete visibility 24/7 in real-time of their fleets brake status and performance. Allowing users to monitor the condition & performance of brakes via a portal, EBPMS alerts users to issues requiring attention.
EBPMS avoids the time & expense of taking trailers for physical testing. You only need to do roller brake tests once a year at the annual MOT when using EBPMS.
EBPMS has been included in the DVSA’s Guide to Roadworthiness.
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