3.8 Method of Calculating Brake Performance

8.1 Brake Efficiency
Total up the braking effort recorded from all the wheels of the vehicle when the service brake is applied. Total up the braking effort recorded from the appropriate wheels when the parking brake is applied. Calculate the service brake and the parking brake percentage efficiencies by following the procedure detailed below according to the class of vehicle tested
Class III and IV Vehicles
Determine the weight of the vehicle from the current Brake Data Chart (the data includes an element of 140kg or 300lbs for the weight of the driver, fuel, tools, etc) Calculate the service brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the service brake is applied by the vehicle weight and then multiplying the result by 100, ie Total brake effort x 100 = % Efficiency               Vehicle Weight Calculate the parking brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the parking brake is applied by the vehicle weight and then multiplying the result by 100, as above.
Class VII Vehicles

Obtain the vehicle Design Gross Weight (DGW) from the Department of Transport plate (commonly called 'Ministry Plate') fitted to the vehicle. If a Ministry plate is not fitted to the vehicle then obtain the DGW from the manufacturers plate fitted to the vehicle (see notes 1 and 2 on page 27) Calculate the service brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the service brake is applied by the vehicle DGW and then multiplying the result by 100.

ie Total brake effort x 100 = % Efficiency                 

DGW Calculate the parking brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the parking brake is applied by the vehicle DGW and then multiplying the result by 100, as above. Note: Plate Brake Test Only Vehicles with a presented weight of 2000kg or more must be tested to the above criteria. On vehicles with a presented weight of less than 2000kg, the brake efficiency must be calculated using a nominal DGW figure of 2600kg.

ie Total Brake Effort x 100 = % Efficiency

2600

8.2 Brake Out-of-Balance

The out of balance of the braking effort on the front steered wheels when the service brake is applied is obtained by comparing the brake efforts at each front wheel when they are tested simultaneously (see sub section3.7.2, page 19). Carry out the following calculation to determine the percentage imbalance:

(Higher brake effort - Lower brake effort) x 100 =% imbalance

Higher brake effort

Brake Efficiency
Total up the braking effort recorded from all the wheels of the vehicle when the service brake is applied. Total up the braking effort recorded from the appropriate wheels when the parking brake is applied. Calculate the service brake and parking brake percentage efficiencies by following the procedure detailed below according to the class of vehicle tested.
Class III and IV Vehicles

 Determine the weight of the vehicle from the current Brake Data Chart (the data includes an element of 140 kg or 300 lbs for the weight of the driver, fuel, tools, etc.) Calculate the service brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the service brake is applied by the vehicle weight and then multiplying the result by 100, 

ie Total brake effort x 100 = % Efficiency
Vehicle Weight
Calculate the parking brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the parking brake is applied by the vehicle weight and then multiplying the result by 100, as above.

Class VII Vehicles

Obtain the vehicle Design Gross Weight (DGW) from the Department of Transport plate (commonly called 'Ministry' plate) fitted to the vehicle. If a Ministry plate is not fitted to the vehicle then obtain the DGW from the manufacturer's plate fitted to the vehicle (see Notes 1 and Z on page 27) Calculate the service brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the service brake is applied by the vehicle DGW and then multiplying the result by 100.

ie Total brake effort x 100 = % Efficiency
DGW
Calculate the parking brake percentage efficiency by dividing the total brake effort achieved when the parking brake is applied by the vehicle DGW and then multiplying the result by 100, as above.

Note: Plate Brake Test Only Vehicles with a presented weight of 2000Kg or more must be tested to the above criteria. On vehicles with a presented weight of less than 2000Kg, the brake efficiency must be calculated using a nominal DGW figure of 2600Kg.

ie Total brake effort x 100 = % Efficiency
2600

8.2 Brake Out-of-Balance

The out of balance of the braking effort on the front steered wheels when the service brake is applied is obtained by compairing the brake efforts at each front wheel when they are tested simultaneously (see sub section 3.7.2) Carry out the following calculation to determine the percentage imbalance:

(Higher brake effort - Lower brake effort) x 100 = % imbalance
Higher brake effort

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