Earlier this year the DVSA issued guidance for operators on understanding HGV or trailer brake test reports. The brake testing reports tell an operator much more than whether their vehicle has passed or failed.
Reading the reports should be a key part of an operator’s maintenance system and operators need to know what they mean. Obviously, poorly maintained brakes may result in the loss of control of a vehicle with dire consequences.
Even if a vehicle has passed the test, there may be things you can do to identify items that may be getting worse and need dealing with before they let you down.
The guidance from the DVSA states that operators should get their HGV or trailer’s brakes tested by a roller brake tester at least 4 times per year, including at the MOT.
The guidance is easy to read so we recommend all operators take the time to read it and can be found here: