6 Weekly Brake Testing on Fleet Vehicles

It has become commonplace for HGV, Bus & Coach operators to conduct regular vehicle checks on fleets. These checks are required as part of a continuous "Duty of Care" regime which should ensure that vehicles are regularly monitored to ensure that the mechanical condition of the vehicle meets a satisfactory minimum level. As far as …

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6 Weekly Fleet Brake Checks: PC Download or Print to Hard Copy?

The subject of this blog article pertains to the methods that can be employed to maintain vehicle testing data as part of a schedule of 6 weekly checks. The Bowmonk Brake Meter is a means to measure and record braking forces and efficiencies, and this data can be quickly acquired during a simple single test …

The Industry Standard for CV Brake Checks

When VOSA first offered guidance on testing commercial trailers they advised,     “The way to use a decelerometer is to first test the drawing vehicle on its own. Then connect the trailer and the deceleration rate should be similar i.e. the trailer is doing its fair share of work. This is not an exact science …

Truck & Trailer Testing

Last week an article was published by the GEA (Garage Equipment Association) which gave clarification on the use of hand held braking meters for trailer testing for agricultural or goods vehicle trailers. The article sought to overcome comments that have been made in the public domain in relation to the method of testing of trailer …

Do it Right…and for Less

Our brake testing kits for commercial vehicles are very popular with fleet operators as they contain the necessary equipment necessary for regular brake testing to be conducted and evidenced. Brake meters allow a quick analysis of a vehicles braking system and for the data to be analysed to make sure that no underlying problems exist …

Brake Check for HGV Operators – Now with FREE Carriage

As an owner / operator of a fleet of HGV vehicles you may well have considered a brake meter as a means of checking your vehicles braking efficiencies. The Bowmonk Truck Kit from GETECH contains a portable, digital decelerometer with an infra-red printer which enables you to create detailed, formal records of your regular checks. …

How to Eliminate Data Contamination & Build a Robust Brake Testing Strategy for Fleets

Data. It's what we need. For day to day decision making through to planning long term projects and it's becoming more and more important in terms of proving we are dealing with our duties of care within fleet operations. Quite often we are approached by individuals or companies who are setting out to instigate a …

Fleet Operators – Are you DVSA Audit-Proof?

The last thing you want is for the DVSA to discover incomplete vehicle checks and improper defect recording. It can result in the curtailment of individual vehicles or worse, your entire fleet. As an operator you are required to be able to demonstrate that vehicle checks are being carried out, that fraudulent documentation is not …

A bulletproof regime of Duty of Care checking…

The Bowmonk BrakeCheck is an electronic decelerometer used for measuring the retarding forces on a vehicle. The unit can be used to test a number of types of vehicle from motorcycle (which requires an approved mounting bracket), car and light commercial vehicles (which it can test as standard), an HGV version also exists that has …

I operate a coach or commercial vehicles. How can I prove “Duty of Care” for my fleet’s brakes?

When VOSA first offered guidance on testing commercial trailers they advised, “The way to use a decelerometer is to first test the drawing vehicle on its own. Then connect the trailer and the deceleration rate should be similar i.e. the trailer is doing its fair share of work. This is not an exact science but …