The notion of best practice in the brake testing of vehicles has changed significantly over the past quarter of a century. Thirty years ago, few operators undertook any meaningful assessment of brake performance and those who did a voluntary rolling road brake test before an annual test were considered to be at the cutting edge of maintenance practice. Now such a regime will see an operator highly criticised by the Traffic Commissioner and potentially guilty of serious criminal offences if brake defects lead to accidents. Here Andrew Woolfall, from Backhouse Jones Solicitors, reviews the changes in brake test guidance and how to adopt best practice.

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