I read with some interest the recent news that The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain are calling for improvements to be made in relation to brake performance testing of commercial vehicles.
It perhaps comes as no surprise that there is little and, in the worst cases, no recorded information on the brake test. In addition, it is worrying to hear that brake testing is failing to be undertaken as frequently as it should be.
It is disappointing to see that despite tragic events such as that of the Bath tipper truck case in 2015, in which the haulage boss and a mechanic were convicted of manslaughter after a 32-tonne truck with faulty brakes killed four people, including a four-year-old girl, there are still lessons to be learnt.
I would certainly welcome any intervention from the Traffic Commissioners to call for tougher measures on the issue of poor brake testing and the absence of any recorded checks.
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Sarah Bell and Kevin Rooney, the lead traffic commissioners for enforcement, said: Despite the clear warnings for industry, traffic commissioners are still receiving reports about a lack of effective and proactive brake performance testing regimes. This is not limited to a specific type of licence, size of operator or a particular sector – it is across the board. That is why TCs are highlighting the need for a change of attitude within the industry towards brake testing. There should be no compromise in any operator’s approach, no flexibility around standards.