Brake efficiency tests for commercial vehicle MOT and maintaining roadworthiness to DVSA guidelines.

Vehicle roller brake testing (RBT) is a vital part of ensuring the roadworthiness of your vehicle or fleet. Under the new legislation, all commercial vehicles or trailers are recommended to complete four successful brake efficiency tests over the course of the year, comprising of the vehicles annual MOT test and three additional brake efficiency tests. At TLK Automotive Solutions, we are fully equipped to perform roller brake testing as a standalone service, part of your regular vehicle maintenance service schedule or as part of a pre-MOT preparation check.

A roller brake test allows you to see a visual representation of the performance of your brake system under stationary and controlled conditions. What this means is that your braking force for each individual wheel, any imbalances across the axles, the testing of emergency brakes and parking brakes and a display of the vehicles brake force over time can be visualised, examined and tested to find and show any faults with the brake system of the vehicle. The roller brake test can also show any ovality or warping within disc brakes which can be replaced to stop any costly problems from occurring when you are on the road.

When performed by a member of our team, brake testing allows our technicians to calculate the exact level of performance of your brake system and diagnose any faults found within, giving them the platform to effectively and efficiently pinpoint the area that needs to be serviced or repaired to get you safely back to work. All roller brake testing work is carried out within our 5,550 sq ft workshop, allowing us to perform all tests in a static and safe manner with no adverse weather effects to be taken into consideration which gives us a baseline for any brake tests moving forwards as all future tests will be performed under the same conditions as the initial roller brake test. Once the test is completed, you will be provided with the measurements and results for each individual wheel, allowing you a more in-depth look and understanding at the diagnosis of any issues as well as being able to see what, if any, work needs to be done to get the vehicle roadworthy again.

Any vehicle maintenance check performed within our workshop will have the option of a full brake test included, for any mobile maintenance that we perform, your vehicle will need to be brought in to ourselves for us to perform a roller brake test.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to get my brakes tested?

Using your vehicle on a day to day basis will inevitably cause natural wear to occur with your brake system. This can affect anywhere from one wheel to every wheel at the same time and if your brake system isn’t tested, you are responsible and liable for any damages or injury caused from a brake related incident. Booking a roller brake test for your vehicle or fleet can help to reduce tyre wear, improve the overall safety of the vehicle/s, provides an auditable record list and gives you peace of mind by reducing any brake related incidents and lowering any risk of liability on your behalf.

How often do I need to get my brakes tested?

Previously, you were required to have your brakes tested twice per year, once within your annual MOT test and then again at the 26-week mark following this. Now, due to the change in legislation, you are now recommended to have four brake tests throughout the year, once within your annual MOT test and then again every 13 weeks following this.

For more information on roller brake testing, please download and read the DVSA Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness. The guide will provide you with vital information for roller brake testing, as well as a wide range of other factors of roadworthiness.


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