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Brake pads and discs most common SMR jobs on fleet vehicles

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Replacements of brake pads and discs are the most common SMR jobs on fleet vehicles, according to a new list from epyx.

Brake discs and pads accounted for 16.3% of all work carried out on 1link

The company used data from its 1link Service Network platform to compile a new UK service, maintenance and repair (SMR) Top 20 and found that brake discs and pads accounted for 16.3% of all work carried out from the start of September 2019 to the end of August 2020.

This was followed by windscreen wiper blades (5.6%), pollen filters (4.4%), fuel filters (2.2%) and batteries (2.0%).

Debbie Fox, commercial director at epyx, said data showing why vehicles enter workshops could bring 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.”

She added that the 1link Service Network platform is also a key tool to ensure that work is only carried out when necessary, following fleet policies and helping to cut costs.

“Our account management team works very closely with customers to look at the way in which these policies are enforced and how they can be improved. For very large fleets, fractional gains can mean very worthwhile savings and there are always new ideas emerging, even in areas of SMR that are very well-established and well-understood.”

Epyx’s UK SMR Top 20:

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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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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.