Increasing number of truck breakdowns: simply bad luck?

Since 2005 the number of truck breakdowns on Dutch motorways tripled. In the same period the number of trucks involved in accidents more or less stabilized. Because of his dimensions and mass a broken-down truck has a large impact on traffic safety and congestion. Therefore the national Road Authority Rijkswaterstaat, part of the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, started a research to look for possible explanations. The main question is, are breakdowns simply bad luck or can they be attributed to certain developments? An unambiguous explanation could not be found. Several factors together, like: the economic crisis, the technical state of foreign trucks, new technologies and the process of flexibility in logistics, explain the increase of truck breakdowns. The modern truck fleet maintenance management systems in combination with the yearly M.o.T., makes the fleet manager well enough informed to make the right decisions to prevent a breakdown. Being so well informed, it is perhaps better to speak about taking calculated risks than having bad luck.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: Setting future standards: international symposium on heavy vehicle transport technology - HVTT12: Stockholm, Sweden, 16-19 September 2012

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  • Accession Number: 01574323
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, VTI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2015 12:08PM