Roller brake Tests (RBT) are the best and most accurate method of ascertaining the braking efficiency of a Goods Vehicle or PSV.
All too often we see Maintenance Inspection sheets where a Roller brake Test has not been performed, and in some case worse still, we see the brake section of the Inspection report left blank.
Often smaller independent Maintenance providers perform a road or yard test, where the comments read, ” All Wheels Locked” or “Brakes Ok”. Where this demonstrates that the brakes of a vehicle have at least been given attention at Inspection it is not giving the Operator a clear picture as to the efficiency of the vehicle braking system.
Maintenance and therefore road safety is a crucial aspect of compliance. Inadequate testing of a vehicles braking system is a breach of the undertakings given when the Operators Licence was applied for.
If you are using a small independent garage for maintenance Inspections it is important that the Operator request, where the garage does not have Roller Brake Testing facilities that the vehicle is taken to a garage that does for the RBT to be performed.
Many VOSA testing facilities will book a vehicle in for a Voluntary Roller Brake Test.
In order to stay compliant with the undertaking of your Operator Licence please make sure adequate brake testing is performed and detailed on the Inspection Report.