The Volvo Z-cam brake system offers good safety with high efficiency combined with excellent brake feel and control. The brake linings are free from asbestos and save a long service life owing to floating brake shoes and automatic brake adjustment.

The brake shoes do not have fixed attachment points on the backing plate, so they float and can centre against the brake drum to keep pace with brake wear. Braking power is applied uniformly across the entire brake drum, which results in minimum friction losses and low temperature. This promotes long service for braking lining and brake drum alike. The Z-cam wheel brake is characterised by high braking effect and precise brake application and offers increased braking safety on heavier vehicles.

EPG exhaust brake is provided on all trucks to aid the braking performance of the vehicle.