Bad braking dominates top reasons for MOT failures


Brake failures continue to dominate the top 10 reasons for MOT failures, with potentially serious road safety issues not being picked up by vehicle technicians.

Figures provided by the traffic commissioners in their latest annual report show that CV brake testing has improved significantly since 2013, but more is needed to be done.

The TCs said that in 2017/18 there were 10,000 fewer failures for service brake performance at annual tests than in 2013/14.

The biggest improvement has been for trailers, with an extra 5,500 passing their brake performance test first time.

However, the TCs said there were still 22,000 failures for service brake performance during the period.

Common issues include vehicles and trailers being brake tested unladen with wheels locking at very low brake efforts; printouts saying ‘pass’ when one or more brakes are not working properly and a lack of understanding that the standard to be applied at PMI inspection must be above the minimum MOT requirement.

The TCs also admitted that its target under a new measure of ‘average processing times’ for O-licence applications had been “ambitious”, with an average of just over eight weeks to determine applications for HGV licences against a target of seven weeks.

But it added that for operators using digital services and providing complete applications, it took less than 32 days on average to process applications.

Renault Trucks will debut Master Red EDITION at Freight in the City

New Master Red EDITION

Renault Trucks is rolling out its latest electric Z.E. van and truck range, including 3.1- to 26-tonne versions and the new Master Z.E., at Freight in the City at Alexandra Palace, London on 6 November.

One of the Master Z.E.s will feature Renault’s new OptiTipper body, shown here in its diesel-powered RED Edition form, as well as a revamped interior including a dashboard and steering wheel redesign. Other variants of the electric Master include panel van, chassis cab and platform cab.

The powertrain consists of a 76hp battery which produces 225Nm of torque giving the Master Z.E. a top speed of 60mph. One full charge, Renault claims, gives the Master Z.E. a 124 mile range. Charging the van will take five hours when it’s plugged into a 43kW quick charger.

The new Master is also available with a range of driver aids like active braking, side wind assist, permanent rear view, blind spot warning, and front and rear parking assistance.

James Charnock, commercial trucks and services director said: “Renault Trucks has a strong track record in the municipal sector and we are ideally placed to grow our position. We understand the operational complexities and work closely with specialist body manufacturers to deliver efficient, sustainable tailored solutions for municipal services.”

Freight in the City takes place on 6 November at Alexandra Palace, London. It's a free, one-day event combing a seminar programme focused on urban logistics with an exciting exhibition of latest vehicles and technology for city operations. Register today for a free pass to attend!