Work underway on National Roller Brake Test Procedure

NSW roller brake testing transition in new extension, with national initiative to arrive within months

Work underway on National Roller Brake Test Procedure
Daniel Elkins says there is a better understanding of differing results now


The NHVR and New South Wales Road and Maritime Services (RMS) have again agreed to extend the current brake testing transition arrangements in NSW, this time until September 29.

The recommendation for a detailed procedure for conducting a roller brake test was made by the NHVR’s Technical Working Group.

"We now have a better understanding why some heavy vehicles deliver different results and how that relates to the test procedure being used," NHVR safety director Daniel Elkins says.

"We’ve agreed to develop and publish a National Roller Brake Test Procedure in the coming months."

The issue of roller brake testing underwent an extensive examination by the NHVR’s Technical Working Group members, including the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association Australia, Truck Industry Council, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, Australian Trucking Association and other experts.

During the transition period in NSW heavy vehicles that achieved a brake test result greater than 3kN/t, but less than 4.4kN/t will be given an official warning on first time detection.

Australian Trucking Association (ATA) CEO Ben Maguire says the extension would give the NHVR and the industry more time to finalise the testing procedure. 

"The ATA has worked closely with the NHVR on providing input to the procedure, through a team led by the Chair of our Safety Committee, Tim Knowles, and also including technical consultant Bob Woodward, Dan Cleary from Nepean Transport Equipment and ATA senior engineering adviser Chris Loose," Maguire states. 

"We welcome the NHVR’s change in thinking and are looking forward to working with the regulator and NSW RMS to finalise the new testing procedure over the coming months."

NatRoad has also beein been liasing with the NHVR and is continued to work with the RMS on the extension of the transition period.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says it is important to ensure "that the roller brake testing is functioning accurately, and therefore not resulting in unfair issuing of defect notices".

The current transition period was due to end on June 30.

This is the second such extension this year. 

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