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What is EBPMS?


EBPMS - Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring System: While the name might sound technical, its purpose is straightforward: to continuously monitor your trailer's brakes and ensuring optimal performance and safety. For decades, relying on annual Roller Brake Tests (RBT) left gaps in our understanding of trailer health, potentially overlooking issues between inspections.

EBPMS goes beyond traditional testing methods, offering real-time insights (typically via telematics) into your trailer's braking system. Sensors on each wheel gather data on braking force, temperature, and wear (dependent on system), analysed by advanced algorithms to paint a comprehensive picture of the system's health. This constant monitoring allows for immediate alerts of any anomalies, enabling proactive intervention before problems escalate.

The Benefits of EBPMS:

  • Enhanced Safety: Early detection of issues minimizes accident risks through preventative maintenance, ensuring optimal braking in any situation.
  • Reduced Downtime: By catching problems early, EBPMS helps avoid breakdowns and costly repairs, keeping your fleet operational and on schedule.
  • Improved Efficiency: Properly functioning brakes contribute to better fuel economy, saving both money and environmental impact.

Understanding Compliance

Roller Brake Tests (laden unless exempt) will continue to be a minimum requirement in the UK for the annual trailer test (MOT).  Whilst brakes tests are already technically required for intermediate safety inspections, the DVSA are keen to enforce "meaningful" brake tests from April 2025.  This will mean either a laden brake test (minimum of 4 per annum) or EBPMS data.



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Published: Fri 17 Nov 2023

Updated: Thu 11 Apr 2024

Don-Bur (Bodies & Trailers) Ltd

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