A Roller Brake Tester, or RBT, is a device used for testing the condition of a vehicle’s brakes. It measures the force required to stop a vehicle’s wheels when travelling from speed. This data gives technicians an indication of how well the brakes are performing. RBTs are highly accurate and provide technicians with a reliable assessment of the brakes’ condition, and whether a further investigation into the braking system is necessary.
Roller brake testers use a series of rollers that the vehicle’s wheels pass over, allowing the tester to measure the braking force applied by the vehicle and determine if it meets safety standards.
Roller brake testers, also known as brake tester machines are valuable tools for ensuring the safety of vehicles on the road. By accurately measuring the braking performance of a vehicle, they can help identify potential problems and ensure that the vehicle is operating at its best.
What are the 3 types of Brake Tester (RBT)?
There are three primary types of roller brake testers:
If braking effort from any wheel of the vehicle is less than 70% of the maximum effort recorded from the other wheel on the same axle, or in the case of testing on the road, if the vehicle deviates excessively from a straight line, then this is a major MOT Failure.
If the braking effort from any wheel is less than 50% of the maximum effort recorded from the other wheel on a steered axle then this is deemed dangerous.
For full up-to-date MOT brake guidance from DVLA see:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-inspection-manual-for-private-passenger-and-light-commercial-vehicles/1-brakes
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