Commercial vehicle operators are struggling to decipher their brake test reports, according to FTA, the voice of the logistics sector. To help operators understand the complex documents, FTA has today (28 November 2019) launched an online guide titled Brake test report.

FTA’s Head of Engineering and Vehicle Standards Policy, Phil Lloyd stated: “Transport managers without an engineering background should understand that even though a report says ‘PASS’, there may still be issues that need to be considered. This guide will help readers understand how brake performance is calculated and what else they should be looking out for, as well as deciphering some of the engineering jargon that is often included in the reports.”

Launched by the Traffic Commissioner for the west of England, Kevin Rooney, at the finale of FTA’s record breaking 2019 Transport Manager series in Chepstow, he commented: “We are calling on operators and transport managers to build confidence in their braking systems. This is only possible through good testing and knowing what that looks like on paper.

“Analysing brake test printouts carefully is vital. It is how operators and transport managers can make sure roller brake tests complement the preventative maintenance inspections. Without this, how can they know whether the braking systems are in good, efficient working order and properly adjusted?”

Members can download the PDF guide through the members’ section of the FTA website:

Non-members can receive the guide by contacting FTA Member Services on 03717 112222.

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.

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