Brake pads and discs head epyx’s “authoritative” new UK SMR Top 20

Brake pad particulates

Brake pads and discs are the most common reason UK fleet vehicles enter workshops according to an “authoritative” new UK service, maintenance and repair (SMR) Top 20 released by epyx.

The table is based on information from our 1link Service Network platform. The data shows the percentage of invoice line items for a range of SMR actions for a 12 month period from the start of September 2019 to the end of August 2020.

Brakes discs and pads are by far the most common job, accounting for 16.3% of all SMR carried out. Completing the top five are windscreen wiper blades (5.6%), pollen filters (4.4%), fuel filters (2.2%) and batteries (2.0%).

Debbie Fox, Commercial Director, said: “Simply because of the amount of data that is processed through 1link Service Network, this is probably the most authoritative table of its type available anywhere in the UK fleet market.

“In our view, it makes fascinating reading. Fundamentally, its shows the SMR tasks that UK fleets of all kinds deal with on a real world, day-to-day basis. They are not an indication of cost – that would be a much more complex subject – but they show why vehicles enter workshops, which has a definite value for fleet managers.

“For example, if you were running a major fleet and looked at this table, you could potentially conclude that encouraging drivers to adopt driving styles that produced less wear and tear on brakes and pads would be a worthwhile management objective, and look at ways to work towards this aim.”

The overall table is:

SMR action     Percentage of jobs
1 Brake discs and pads 16.3%
2 Windscreen wiper blades 5.6%
3 Pollen filter 4.4%
4 Fuel filter 2.2%
5 Battery 2.0%
6 Air filter 1.9%
7 Tailgate wiper blades 1.7%
8 Headlamp bulb 1.7%
9 Key fob battery 1.5%
10 Brake light bulb 0.8%
11 Number plate bulb 0.7%
12 Air conditioning recharge 0.7%
13 Diesel particulate filter 0.6%
14 Clutch assembly 0.4%
15 Parking brake 0.4%
16 Side bulb 0.4%
17 Spark plugs 0.4%
18 Headlamp alignment 0.3%
19 Wheel alignment 0.3%
20 Indicator bulb 0.2%

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