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Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring Systems

Maintaining the brakes on a trailer plays a critical role in ensuring that your trailers remain safe and compliant. In 2016, the DVSA stated that Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring Systems (EBPMS) could further improve trailer safety and subsequently issued guidelines and a specification for EBPMS and its use.

What is EBPMS?

EBPMS is a system that enables fleet managers to monitor the braking performance of the trailers in their fleets. It captures information from a trailer’s electronic braking system and calculates its performance, feeding it back to a platform where it can be monitored and reported on.

EBPMS helps fleets meet safety, compliance and maintenance requirements. The data that EBPMS generates improves trailer management efficiency and minimises trailer downtime, and associated costs, by reducing the number of roller brake tests required throughout the year.

Near real-time data

An Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring System will produce near real-time reports on underperforming brakes, which are available via the EBPMS platform, and will also provide notification, for example via email, to the user of any trailers with underperforming brakes. This will prompt the user to investigate the issue further and to take action.

DVSA guidance

In its ‘Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness’ publication, the DVSA had obliged fleet operators to submit four calibrated roller brake tests per year at DVSA-approved vehicle testing stations, an onerous, costly and time-consuming process, requiring trailers to be taken off the road at regular intervals.

But in 2016, the DVSA introduced the concept of EBPMS as a potential alternative to having to perform the ‘additional’ (over and above the annual one) roller brake tests in their guidance here. In the deployment of EBPMS, the DVSA said that EBPMS could be used as “evidence for the operators’ preventative maintenance system,” one which “must be capable of identifying overall vehicle braking performance values” and “alert the operator to underperforming service brakes.”

It incorporated EBPMS into its 2018 update of the ‘GTMR’ publication.

TIP – contributor to industry standards

TIP Trailer Services, together with other industry bodies, worked in liaison with the DVSA to support the development and launch of a new industry standard specification for EBPMS compliance. (source: Transport Engineer). The specification remains unchanged today.

TIP trailer hire & EBPMS?

As a leading provider of trailer rental, leasing, maintenance and repair to customers in the transport and logistics industry and having played a role in the development of the EBPMS specification, we are able to advise on the benefits of having EBPMS for your fleet.

If you would like to know more on whether EBPMS is right for your transport operation, please contact us.