Combination braking guidance released

The guidelines are designed specifically for heavy vehicle operators and suppliers

Combination braking guidance released
The guidelines do not replace, vary or modify existing laws and regulations, Chris Loose notes.


The associations representing trucking operators, manufacturers and suppliers have released a braking guide to help industry members better understand the current braking combinations. 

The guide, Guide to braking and stability performance for heavy vehicle combinations, was developed by the ATA Industry Technical Council (ITC), the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA), the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association, the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) and the Truck Industry Council (TIC).

Although the guide aims to assist everyone in the Australian road and freight sector, it is specifically directed towards operators and suppliers of heavy vehicles. 

"Understanding brake and stability ratings for truck and trailer combinations that have varying brake technologies is a key to achieving best practice in the trucking industry," ATA senior advisor engineering Chris Loose says.

"This guide is a product of many hours of hard work, and is based on the collective experience of operators, suppliers, regulators and industry groups.

"However it does not replace, vary or modify existing laws and regulations. 

"It details valuable information on heavy vehicle combinations and the impact of varying braking and stability technology across the combination, understanding the performance rating tables, trouble shooting, modification and settings for trailer braking, as well as a general background on braking and stability. 

"There are a lot of different kinds of vehicles and brake combinations on the Australian market and on our roads, and understanding their technicalities and limitations allows everyone to operate more safely and efficiently." 

The ITC functions as a policy committee within the ATA, where information can be exchanged. 

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