Brake & Tyre Watch Background
This initiative is designed to raise transport operators’ awareness
around the subject of efficient braking and tyre checking and is linked to
preventative maintenance on trucks, including all safety critical items such
as lighting, reflectives, etc.
The project is also intended to empower traffic officials with specialised
knowledge, enabling them to perform better in their profession and
intervene more frequently in taking unroadworthy heavy vehicles off our
|Feb 2006||Gauteng-City Deep||24||21||88%|
|March 2008||Midway KZN||26||10||38%|
|Feb 2009||Western Cape||25||25||100%|
|March 2010||Port Elizabeth||16||6||40%|
|June 2011||Northern Cape||24||20||84%|
|Sept 2011||JHB – Langlaagte||24||18||75%|
|Feb 2012||Midway KZN||12||11||92%|
|Nov 2012||West Rand – Krugersdorp||13||11||85%|
|Feb 2013||Port Shepstone||9||6||67%|
|Aug 2013||Western Cape||25||29||76%|
|Nov 2013||Marian Hill – KZN||41||29||71%|
Brake & Tyre Watch Training Day
Traffic Officials are trained prior to the hands-on testing day. Training is an
important component of the project, for it is very difficult to stop a truck in a
roadblock and ascertain whether or not the brakes and tyres are functional.
New braking systems are continually being introduced into new trucks coming
into the market, therefore our intention is to offer on-going training to traffic
officials to help them better conduct their task out on the road. Training is
given free of charge in the interest of road safety by our industry Partners.
Each full day’s training session focuses on the quality of brake maintenance
and determining braking efficiency, through to tyre faults and general issues.
It also includes a practical check with a roadworthy truck and trailer.
Brake & Tyre Watch Practical Test Day Event
Our hands-on test day is held at a Vehicle Testing station in the selected
Province. The modus operandi on the day is to randomly select trucks from the
closest main route (N1/N3/N4) as well as urban centres and put them through
a Brake Roller Test so as to ascertain the state of brakes and braking systems
on each vehicle. The vehicles are also checked in the pit for trailer defects
and other faults. In order for us to conduct the tests, we work
closely with Provincial Traffic Officials and the SAPS in the
selected area. The same Traffic Officials who received training on the previous
day assist us in pulling the trucks off the road and into the testing area.
The rationale behind this is that all too often accidents are blamed on two
things – either ‘the brakes failed’ or ‘the tyre burst’. FleetWatch contends that
brakes only fail if you fail to put your foot on the brake pedal or alternatively
when the operator has failed to maintain the braking system. It is the latter area
of neglect that concerns us.
It is a sad fact that many operators, due to the pressures to deliver combined
with the current negative economic climate, are skipping their scheduled
maintenance intervals – a worrying trend with dire consequences. In an effort
to avoid an escalation of this trend, FleetWatch publishes the actual results
of what we find. Brakes, even though they are a hidden component, together
with tyres are the most critical safety items on a vehicle and need to be
maintained to the highest standards.
FleetWatch would like to thank each of our partners for their time, effort and
dedication to this project. Your passion and commitment goes a long way
towards making a difference. As we always say: ‘If it helps to save just one life,
it will have all been worthwhile.’