2018-01-23

Trailer brake testing – keeping your fleet compliant

Having a performing fleet is high on the agenda for most operators these days, whether that’s the truck, trailer or ancillary equipment.

Whilst keeping on top of maintenance is a given for many, there are still operators across the country are either failing to carry out brake testing at the frequency required or not at all, according to the traffic commissioners.

Trailer brake testing is essential to ensure the safety of your drivers along with other road users and pedestrians – without it, your vehicle will not be classed as roadworthy.

Brake defects are amongst the most common HGV maintenance issue found by the DVSA in the UK, affecting around a quarter of all vehicles. The roadworthiness directive states that trailers should complete at least three brake tests spread throughout the year along with an annual MOT. Full brake tests should be carried out using calibrated brake rollers to measure individual brake performance and overall braking efficiency.

With brake testing deemed vital at every safety inspection it should be planned as a key part of the maintenance regime for your trailer. If you are found not to be meeting requirements for completing and recording accurate results of trailer brake testing your vehicle can be taken off the road with a penalty issued by the DVSA.

Make sure you have one less thing to worry about this year and talk to us about our brake testing services including full ministry brake testing for all makes and configurations. Our extended workshop availability means your trailer will have minimum down time and be back on the road before you know it.