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.
In the event of under-performing brakes, an EBPMS alerts the user, prompting for action to be taken to investigate and remedy any defects. EBPMS can also enable users to monitor braking performance trends over time and produce performance reports for defined periods. Reports can be used as evidence of an operator’s preventative maintenance system.