Truck manufacturers gradually switched to EBS braking systems in the early 1990s, with trailer manufacturers following later on. EBS offers many advantages over purely pneumatic systems, such as: shorter response times, more precise and expanded adjustment options, lower weight, higher reliability and easier assembly.
TRTA members discovered, however, that there were also drawbacks to these systems that negatively impacted safety and costs. Since the brakes of the semi-trailers had to provide too much braking power, they overheated too quickly and caused excessive wear and tear as a result.
By organising meetings with the truck and trailer manufacturers, the problems could be highlighted and agreements could be made for a better harmonisation of the systems.
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