DVSA warns of faulty brake drums
DVSA has issued a warning of seriously defective aftermarket brake drums that have been discovered fitted to Scania P-Series trucks. Its spokesman said “We are aware of two cases where aftermarket drums, which were not manufactured or supplied by Scania, have failed on P400 lorries. Both lorries were left without front braking and were fully laden.
“The drums failed in the same way when the braking surface fractured and separated from the mounting ring. It is believed that this was not due to normal wear and tear.”
DVSA has so far been unable to identify the manufacturer, and requests that any operator who has similar drums fitted on their vehicles, or has information on the supplier, gets in touch by e-mailing [email protected] .
For Scania, services director Mark Grant, said "These cases bring into sharp focus the need for operators to use only parts sourced from Scania. Our drum brake system has been developed for maximum safety with components developed as individual parts within a complex system to ensure long service life and optimum performance in a vulnerable environment.
"As part of this system, Scania brake drums have been developed for minimal wear and to counteract cracking, even in high temperatures. The material in the brake drum is dimensionally stable, providing consistent performance throughout the entire service life. Scania brake drums, shoes and linings have been designed and thoroughly tested in respect of shape, friction and heat generation, in order to prevent vibration and screeching.
"Regarding brake drums available through Scania’s VRS parts programme for other marques, these are also manufactured and tested to the original equipment manufacturers standard.
"As a safety-critical item, I would therefore strongly urge operators to always contact their local Scania dealer whenever the time comes to replace any component within their vehicles' braking system."
CM Show 2020: TRP announces 100s of prizes up for grabs at virtual booth
All-makes truck and trailer parts business TRP, supported by DAF Trucks, will be giving away 100s of prizes at next week’s virtual Commercial Motor Show.
TRP will have its own dedicated presence at the three-day online show, where all visitors to its virtual stand will become eligible for the prize draw.
Prizes will include a wide range of high-quality TRP-branded clothing and accessories.
With TRP experts on-hand to describe the TRP brand, show-attendees will experience a number of TRP’s many service offerings including the DAF Webshop, TRP’s national fleet programme and a special Direct Vision Standard (DVS) video to illustrate TRP’s retrofit capability for London’s ‘HGV safety permit scheme’.
Newly-appointed TRP parts marketing manager David Howes said: “The Commercial Motor Show is a fantastic initiative, and one that looks set to bring the industry together again.
“We’re really looking forward to sharing our latest developments directly with operators and our extensive prize draw means everybody visiting the stand will go into a virtual hat with an excellent opportunity of receiving some fantastic TRP merchandise in the post!”
TRP has recently introduced an extensive range of light commercial vehicle parts lines to satisfy the demands of larger fleet operators who include vans and light commercials among their fleet profiles.
The move further underlines the TRP range’s one-stop-shop credentials, which now includes 85,000 lines – including lubricants from partner, Chevron.
The entire TRP range of parts and workshop consumables is accessible via the TRP eCatalogue located on the DAF Webshop. Password protected users may identify parts by chassis number, Part number or even competitor Part number, all with 24/7 purchase capability, and available through the 134 DAF Dealers, plus 19 standalone TRP Stores, strategically located throughout the UK and Ireland.
The TRP national fleet programme is proving an invaluable parts management tool for DAF and mixed-fleet customers operating vehicles across multiple locations. It ensures consistently high levels of parts supply alongside a consistent pricing structure, irrespective of the parts’ origin from any of the DAF Dealer network’s 134 locations throughout the UK.
HGV Safety Permit scheme retrofit guidance
The Commercial Motor Show also provides TRP with the opportunity to demonstrate its range of parts specifically to assist operators of vehicles exceeding 12-tonnes GVW with HGV safety permit scheme compliance, scheduled for enforcement in London from March 2021.
TRP has produced an insightful DVS / HGV safety permit video which provides comprehensive guidance on compliance, plus a full break-down of typical retrofit parts.
- The Commercial Motor Show takes place from 29 September to 1 October and is completely free to attend. It combines a full online conference programme with an extensive, interactive trade exhibition for visitors. Sign up today for your entry pass!