The DVSA’s Market Surveillance Unit has begun testing the compliance of OEM and aftermarket braking components performance and labelling in accordance with UNECE 90 Regulation.
The DVSA tested eight different brands of aftermarket brake pads. Using the registration number of a host vehicle, the compatible components were selected. Each brake pad was then tested to R90 standards and associated performance requirements, where there is a tolerance of +/- 15 percent of the OEM. In performance tests, three out of the eight brake pad brands were found to be non-compliant, failing to meet requirements. Approval documents and labelling for the three failed components were also found to be false.
The three brands have been instructed to withdraw the brake pads from sale until the proper approvals have been granted. The DVSA will not disclose the three brands while investigations are still underway.
Mark Field, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “It’s clear that more work needs to be done on re-educating parts of the market on
the requirements of regulation R90, both for pads and discs, something which IAAF will look to support the market with
in the coming months. It’s also evident from DVSA that every business in the supply chain – garages, motor factors, suppliers – has a responsibility to ensure the parts they sell and fit meet the regulations for which they were intended.”