As with any other road or workplace vehicle, agricultural vehicles must comply with the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 which are enforced by the Police and DVSA. Operators of agricultural vehicles must also comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and these are enforced on site by HSE inspectors.
Both regulations contain provisions requiring tractors and their trailers to be properly maintained and safe for use, this 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.
So how can we test the braking systems on our agricultural vehicles quickly, repeatably and then produce documented evidence that we have done this if and when we are checked by the DVSA?
The solution is portable and cost-effective. It eliminates the need to go to a professional brake testing service to conduct the checks necessary to show the effectiveness of your braking systems. The solution is the modern portable brake meter which we supply to repair garages, service establishments and farmers around the UK.
It can be purchased online by scrolling down this page or by calling 0844 800 9785 during normal office hours.
The unit can be used to test tractors and trailers and it provides a simple and repeatable method of testing the brakes to identify shortcomings before the vehicle accesses the public highway. It achieves this by measuring the forces created during a short, slow speed braking cycle and using the constant of gravity to calculate the forces and therefore efficiencies.
In order to get documented results which can be used as evidence that you check your vehicles braking efforts reguarlly we supply a complete kit which includes the brake meter, an infra-red printer all supplied in a hard carry case to protect them when they are not in use.