Having an effect method for managing vehicles check and defect reporting should be one of the most important parts of your fleet management and maintenance plan. Having a big emphasis of vehicle and walkaround checks can help to prevent accidents. They are also a good way to make sure your drivers know what to look out for.
Research found that over 50% of HGV drivers don’t carry out regular vehicle checks. 40% don’t carry out any at all. It is estimated that 85% of road accidents could be avoided if drivers carried out a check before the start of their journey.
Carrying out daily checks are a legal requirement and are helpful when it comes to demonstrating compliance to the VOSA.
Along with being a legal requirement, they are also extremely helpful when it comes to spotting defects and required maintenance.
Daily Vehicle Safety Checks
Inspections should take place before the start of the journey. If your vehicle is used by multiple drivers each day, then each driver should carry out their own check.
The checklist includes; tyre condition, brakes, indicators, hazard lights and steering. Checks are required to cover both the inside and outside of a vehicle.
All checks must be recorded and if any defects are recorded, then maintenance must be carried out before that vehicle starts its journey.
Any defects that are recorded during the vehicle check must be reported. It is advisable to take photographic evidence of any defects. If a driver spots a defect during their journey then that also must be reported.
What To Record
- Vehicle Registration
- Date and Time
- Defect Details
- Driver Name
What if a driver spots a defect on their journey?
If one of your drivers happens to spot a defect during their journey then should pull over to a safe space. Any defects that are deemed dangerous or sever must be fixed before continuing with the journey. During a roadside check the DVSA can ask for a record of your vehicle check. If you are driving a HGV that is deemed dangerous you can receive an unlimited fine and a prison sentence.
Fleet Vehicle Check
Complete paperless Walkaround Checks using our free smartphone app. All data is stored securely in Velocity, your online account management system. The app has been designed for HGVs, Vans and Cars, with pre-set questions for each type of vehicle. You can also customise the questions as you wish.
This app is provided free with all Fuelwise accounts. Check out the features;
- Easy to use mobile app
- Customise questions to suit your fleet
- Manage all your vehicle checks online using Velocity
- Get real time notifications of check fails and defects straight to your phone
- Manage your fleets Annual Test, Tax Due, Service Due & Insurance Due Dates
- Make your daily safety and maintenance checks paper-free and effortless
Check out our video to find out more about the app.