ITV axle pressure plate
ITV (Vehicle Inspection) carries out diagnostic tests to check the pressure of a vehicle’s brakes. This test is due to the implementation on 1 January 2012 of European Directive 2010/48, which establishes that all vehicles dedicated to transportation, whether goods or people, with a Maximum Authorized Mass (MMA) greater than 1 tonne, must perform the new brake testing.
For vehicles with an MMA exceeding 3.5 tonnes, the brake test will be carried out with the vehicle loaded or, failing that, by the “extrapolation method”, according to ISO 20169 standard
All vehicles with a completely pneumatic braking system may perform the brake pressure test with the vehicle completely unloaded. To do so, sensors (1) must be connected to the brake pressure ports (2) provided for the test. These ports must be located on one side of the vehicle and be completely accessible to ITV technicians.
All vehicles are required to install a brake pressure testing port per axle, which must be properly identified and located in a visible and accessible place on the side of the vehicle.