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Wheel Security

3rd September, 2012

Wheel Security is not a new issue but some recent incidents have brought the topic into the news once more. Here, Tim Culpin, Head of Transport Law, looks at four things worth noting about wheel security.

Regardless of service contracts with third parties, the operator is ultimately responsible for roadworthiness

Insisting on getting written copies of wheel inspection and fitment policies from 3rd parties is very important. They may be required to be included in any contractual agreement meaning that as the operator you can undertake spot checks to check conformance.

What is the best practice for maintenance of Wheels and Fixings?

Good maintenance practice can go a long way towards avoiding wheel loss. Routine maintenance on commercial vehicles should include a thorough inspection of wheels and their associated components but it is a good idea to implement a formal policy outlining regular checks such as a weekly check with a torque wrench.

It is essential to keep a record of wheel re-torque procedure

Re-torque labels are commonly used throughout the industry as part of a vehicle’s maintenance history to ensure that wheel nuts are subjected to an initial torque and re-torque. Completing a label every time a wheel is removed from a vehicle provides a historical log of the procedure followed for fitment.

Enforcement Action

VOSA examiners will test wheels and components not only during annual checks but also roadside checks and failure to comply with safety guidelines will most likely result in a prohibition, delayed or immediate, being issued. VOSA regard wheel security as a high priority and regard any infringements as poor maintenance or inadequate driver checks.

For more information please contact Tim Culpin on 01244 405533 or email [email protected].

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