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Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has commended the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR’s) agreement to extend the existing roller brake testing transition in New South Wales to January next year.
NHVR chief engineer Les Bruzsa says it is the result of feedback given to the NHVR by HVIA, NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), and Australian Trucking Association ( ATA) following heavy vehicle roller brake trials held at Marulan Heavy Vehicle Testing Station in NSW in August.
The current transition period was extended to end on September 29, but following feedback from the trial it was agreed that an extension will allow further industry research.
“A program of 21 brake testing trials was conducted on August 14-15 and included deceleration tests and roller brake tests on up to three roller brake machines,” Bruzsa says.
“The objective of the heavy vehicle roller brake trials was to identify the best method to ensure compliant brake systems will not be incorrectly defected, and to improve safety outcomes by ensuring defective brakes can be correctly identied.
“The heavy vehicle roller brake test trials have generated a large amount of test data, and the data is currently being compiled and veried.”
NHVR believes the extension will give authorities an opportunity to develop a more robust procedure.