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TRACTOR & TRAILER BRAKE TESTING

A recent study of agricultural trailer braking showed that most trailers failed to meet basic safety requirements.

The research report, jointly funded by HSE, DfT and industry, examined a range of in-service trailers and trailed equipment to identify their braking performance, which was tested again after carrying out a service and adjustment.

Most of the trailers failed to meet basic requirements – and some even after adjustment.

The report also highlighted the business benefits from selecting and maintaining the right equipment and identifying the cost savings associated with good practice.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

As with any other road or workplace vehicle, agricultural vehicles must comply with the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. These are enforced by the Police and VOSA. Operators of agricultural vehicles must also comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 that are enforced on site by HSE inspectors.
Both Regulations contain provisions requiring tractors and their trailers to be properly maintained and safe for use, which includes trailer brakes.
On the highway the minimum legal requirement for trailer brakes is 25% braking efficiency at a maximum 20mph (32kph). Above this speed they must have a failsafe dual-line system (hydraulic or air) with 45% braking efficiency.

Brake Testing

Here at Oliver Landpower we have the equipment & engineers trained to carry out brake testing on all tractors, telehandlers, trailers and other trailed machinery, contact your local service manager and book a test now to stay safe and compliant.


LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

As with any other road or workplace vehicle, agricultural vehicles must comply with the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. These are enforced by the Police and VOSA. Operators of agricultural vehicles must also comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 that are enforced on site by HSE inspectors.
Both Regulations contain provisions requiring tractors and their trailers to be properly maintained and safe for use, which includes trailer brakes.
On the highway the minimum legal requirement for trailer brakes is 25% braking efficiency at a maximum 20mph (32kph). Above this speed they must have a failsafe dual-line system (hydraulic or air) with 45% braking efficiency.