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What is BrakePlus?

BrakePlus is an Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring System (EBPMS), a system that enables users to monitor the braking performance of the trailers in their fleet.

The system captures braking event data from a trailer’s electronic braking system, via the FleetBeat or FleetBeat-Cooler modem device that is fitted to a trailer and calculates a Braking Performance Value. The Braking Performance Value can be displayed on-screen or presented in a Braking Performance Report, which can be produced alongside every safety inspection record and used as evidence for an operator’s preventative maintenance system.

Whatsmore, the system will alert the user to under-performing service brakes by means of an email notification, prompting the user to take appropriate action to have the brakes inspected and possibly remedied.

  • Monitors braking performance
  • Automatic email alerts


Why use BrakePlus?

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) outline best practice for the maintenance of commercial vehicles in their publication ‘Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness’ which states that every safety inspection must assess the braking performance of a trailer.

An EBPMS may be used as a means of assessing a trailer’s braking performance, overcoming the cost and inconvenience of arranging and performing regular physical roller brake tests, over and above that at annual test.

Furthermore, BrakePlus can help improve the overall safety of a trailer and reduce ‘downtime’ and its associated costs by enabling the monitoring of service brake performance.

  • Reduced roller brake tests
  • Improve safety
  • Reduced breakdowns and downtimes


How to use BrakePlus?

With BrakePlus, simply view a list of trailers in your fleet with their latest calculated Braking Performance Value. Select a trailer to view further details regarding its braking performance. Periodically, produce a PDF Braking Performance Report as part of a trailer’s safety inspection report. Receive automatic email notification to alert you to under-performing service brakes.

In the event you should have any trailers in your fleet with under-performing service brakes, take appropriate action to have the brakes inspected and potentially arrange for any remedial work to be carried out.

If you are interested in BrakePlus and would like to discuss it further with us, please contact us.

Click here to read an article about EBPMS, including what it is, how it works and the DVSA guidance surrounding it.

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Is BrakePlus able to meet the DVSA specification for Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring Systems (EBPMS)?

Yes, BrakePlus follows the ‘Industry Standard Specification’ for EBPMS as defined by the DVSA. BrakePlus provides users with functionality that may be considered to be in addition to the specification required by the DVSA.

Is BrakePlus a valid alternative to performing regular roller brake tests?

Yes, as an EBPMS, having BrakePlus is a valid means of assessing the braking performance of your trailers and can provide an alternative to performing roller brake tests throughout the year. This may lead to significant cost savings. A roller brake test will still need to be performed annually and this will typically take place at the time of the trailers’ annual MOT.

When should a Braking Performance Report be produced?

Typically, this will be run to coincide with your service inspection periods so that the period being reported on is between scheduled safety inspection intervals.

What should be done with the Braking Performance Report?

Operators who use EBPMS as service braking performance evidence, are expected to include a braking performance report as part of each safety inspection record. This evidence can either be stored electronically or as a printout, which should be retained in-line with the DVSA’s ‘Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness’ publication.

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