Don’t let your brakes reach breaking point
In addition to being one of the major causes of public service vehicle (PSV) prohibitions, braking defects are the number one cause of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and trailer prohibitions in the UK. They make up 10% of all HGV and 20% of trailer prohibitions issued.
It goes without saying that a well-maintained braking system is essential to operate a safe vehicle. Good operator maintenance systems and driver first-use checks should spot and deal with defects before they reach the point where we have to issue a prohibition.
Driver responsibility The driver should be the first person in your preventative maintenance system to identify potential braking faults, normally by a warning light or noise when the brakes are applied. Therefore, operators should ensure that drivers are aware of defective brake symptoms, and that they know how to identify and report problems.
Drivers should be familiar with the warning lights on their vehicle – there are many variations to warning lights and their sequences.
Air leaks on the braking system are another common defect that drivers should notice during the first-use check or as they apply the brakes. If the driver hears an air leak when pressing the foot brake, there could be a serious problem.
Air leaks on the braking system are another common defect that drivers should notice during the first-use check or as they apply the brakes. If the driver hears an air leak when pressing the foot brake, there could be a serious problem – get it checked out!
Ensure your maintenance system is effective by taking advantage of Logisticomp's Operator Licence Compliance Audit.
Are you confident that your drivers have been properly trained on how to carry out a visual vehicle check? As an Fleet Operator, how often do you check that your drivers are carrying our their vehicle checks and also doing them properly? Can you demonstrate any of this to the DVSA or the Traffic Commissioner? If you're not sure of the answer, then you are already not meeting your obligations and undertakings as an O licence holder and a safe vehicle operator. Solution - introduce Gate Checks immediately. Are you drivers operating remotely? Then consider the use of an electronic driver walkaround check software. Many of these are app based and compatible across iPhone, Windows and Android devices allowing you to upload your maintenance data to a safe portal which ensures you always have visibility of your whole fleet and its real-time operational status. Want to learn more? Logisticomp are constantly evaluating the market and can recommend a number of cost effective solutions which will streamline your fleet compliance concerns without effecting our business's bottom line. Better still, Logisticomp has no affiliations with any of these products so you know that the advice you receive from us is unbiased, based on whole market evaluation, up to date, cost effective and guaranteed to meet your requirements.
Take advantage of our free introductory consultation where we can offer you advice on how to effectively address any compliance and maintenance concerns you may have.