Changes to Brake Performance Procedure and Standards (Special Notice 03-13)

The following changes to the brake performance test were introduced today (23 June 2013) Increased minimum service brake efficiency for some passenger vehicles Amendments to the service brake imbalance requirements Checks for excessive fluctuation Removal of the RfRs for severe grabbing or judder on RBT/PBT service brake test A simplified RBT test procedure New checks …

VOSA & DSA to merge

Today, Roads Safety Minister Stephen Hammond announced that the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Driving Standards Agency (DSA), are to merge into a single agency which will bring together their testing and standards services. Alastair Peoples, VOSA Chief Executive, will become Chief Executive for the two agencies and will oversee their strategic operations …

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 …

The GETECH 2 Post Lift Range from OMA Garage Equipment.

GETECH garage equipment have a large range of professional 2 post lifts. From a low tonnage mechanical 2 poster lift through to the massive GE513L.4 5 tonne hydraulic 2 poster we have a lift to suit your specific workshop requirements. We can also cater for personal preferences or specific issues by offering based and baseless …

GETECH Headlight Tester now available to buy ONLINE!

We now supply a laser atl specification headlight aligner as standard for use either as a VOSA approved product for use within the MOT scheme or as a standalone diagnosis tool. The unit is approved for all vehicle class testing with the exception of HGV's and its integral double lasers ensure that complete accuracy is …

Pneumatic or Hydraulic for ATL Vehicle Lifts Play Detectors?

Pneumatics offer rapid movement of cylinders and have the great advantage of availability in very small sizes. Why do pneumatics offer a higher operating speed of its components? This is mainly due to air compressor flow rates, air is very agile and can flow through pipes very quickly and easily with little resistance, while hydraulic …

The Routine Maintenance of Garage Equipment

Related: See our blog post on Thorough Examination The Health and Safety at Work Act requires that many items of garage and automotive equipment are subject to to the provisions of LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) and PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations). In light of these requirements regular routine maintenance …

What is a thorough examination of a vehicle lift?

A thorough examination is a systematic and detailed examination of the lifting equipment and all its associated equipment by a competent person. Its aim is to detect any defects which are, or might become, dangerous, and for the competent person to report them to the site owner and, if appropriate, the enforcing authority (the Health …

Wheel Balancing – The Basics…

When tyres are replaced, one of the processes that they should be put through is balancing. To balance tyres, you need a wheel-balancing machine. After a new tyre is put on the wheel, it is moved from the regular tyre machine to the balancer. This assesses the wheel and tyre for any imbalances that could …