Roller Brake Tester calibration pressure eased

HVIA has praised the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for granting a temporary relaxation of calibration requirements for roller-brake testing (RBT) equipment.

The NHVR’s move responded to representations by HVIA and members including Levanta and MAHA.

“The calibration of Roller Brake Test machines (RBT’s) had become an issue during the COVID-9 crisis,” Mr Caus said.

“Specialist technicians could not travel interstate to service and calibrate the machines as they fell due.

“This issue is particularly important on machines that are used for enforcement purposes by jurisdictions.

RBT’s are also used by some operators in-house to ensure their vehicles are compliant prior to journey, and during periodic maintenance.

Mr Caus has been representing HVIA on the NHVR Roller Brake Test Working Group, which developed the National roller brake testing procedure to align with the increased brake performance standard set in the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (NHVIM).

The NHVR undertook to consult the working group to consider the current problem.

“The NHVR acted quickly on this important issue allowing a 12-month grace on calibration of RBT machines,” Mr Caus said.

“We appreciate their collaborative approach to developing an appropriate response which has resulted in guidelines informed by advice from the RBT Working group.”

The NHVR has updated Vehicle Standards Guides 21 – National Roller Brake Testing Procedure to ensure that ongoing testing is reliable while travel restrictions are in place.

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