Figures from the bi-annual Northern Ireland Goods Vehicle Compliance Check in 2011 showed that of the 926 HGVs checked, 289 (31%) had a serious defect either to the motor vehicle or the trailer, or a traffic offence.
Almost a quarter (23%) of the 926 motor vehicles checked had a roadworthiness defect that resulted in a prohibition, most commonly for 'lamps' or 'brake systems and components'.
Over 420 of the vehicles checked had a trailer unit attached. Of these trailers, 60 (14%) had a roadworthiness defect that resulted in a prohibition, most commonly for 'lamps' or 'brake systems and components'.
And between January and March 2012, a random sample of 483 buses in Northern Ireland was checked by Officers of the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) for roadworthiness defects and traffic offences.
Of the 483 buses checked, 22.6% were issued with a prosecution or prohibition notice regarding a serious roadworthiness defect and/or a serious traffic offence.
More than 16% had at least one serious roadworthiness defect resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued; 10.6% were committing at least one serious traffic offence resulting in a prosecution or prohibition notice being issued; and 36% had at least one roadworthiness defect or were committing at least one traffic offence resulting in at least a verbal warning.
A number of companies in Northern Ireland are already using brake application devices.
Last year, Lisburn City Council purchased a number of Extra Foot products – invented by Bobby and Harry Connor – for their extensive vehicle fleet.
The product has been endorsed by Richmond Coaches, Kelly European Freight Services, VOSA and the Road Haulage Association. Other customers include Driving Academy NI, DAF, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Road Crew.Inventors Bobby and Harry Connor with their safety devices