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Accidents Hurt – Safety Doesn’t


We all work hard to avoid the unthinkable, but transport is inherently a high risk industry

Heavy good vehicle drivers have been injured during the coupling and/or uncoupling of the tractor and the trailer unit. When coupling and uncoupling the trailer to and from the tractor unit, the parking brakes on both units should be applied to ensure that neither unit is able to move in an uncontrolled manner. Unintended movement is known as a vehicle runaway.

“This is when a vehicle or trailer is set into motion whilst on an incline, it happens when the braking systems are not applied, the unmanned vehicle or trailer is only stopped once it encounters level ground or comes into contact with a stationary object, These events happen on a daily basis, in some cases early driver intervention prevents any event escalation, minor events go unreported but some result in injury or death”.

Vehicle runaway can happen on the slightest incline, the vehicle can move away very slowly, but this event can be potentially fatal,

The true number of rollaway incidents which happen each year is unknown as many incidents remain unreported; out of the 72 incidents reported under RIDDOR which qualified as a rollaway 8 resulted in fatalities.


Currently there is no legislation to require manufacture’s to fit such devices to vehicles or trailers, although they are readily available as aftermarket products.


At Bartrums we support and promote the use of the Pownall automatic trailer parking valves and audible park brake alarms. As a responsible fleet operator The Bartrums Group includes this type of specification in its new vehicle buying policy and is currently retro fitting these products to their existing fleet.


How Truck Roll Away Can Be Prevented!
Pownall Commercial Vehicle Safety Solutions – http://www.pownall.co.uk/
Sentinel Handbrake Off Warning Devices & Park Brake Alarms

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