Recently conducted research has found that over 50% of HGV drivers do not carry out regular Vehicle Walkaround Checks. Over 500 UK and Irish drivers were asked how often they carry out daily vehicle checks with almost 40% responding they don’t carry out any checks at all. Over a quarter of those who responded to the survey are completing checks using paper instead of the more common and secure digital methods available.
Walkaround Checks are required by law and help to check the road worthiness of a vehicle, determining whether a vehicle is fit to be driven at all. By completing checks operators and drivers can spot any issues with their vehicle and the majority of defects found are resolved in a short period of time.
Starting a journey with defects – whether known or unknown – can not only create long-term problems with the vehicle but also the health of the driver, other road users and the public at risk. Failure to complete vehicle walkaround checks can result in an unlimited fine and even a prison sentence. In the event of an accident or incident, evidence of a completed vehicle check is normally sought. Failure to provide such checks can result in increased insurance premiums.
Vehicle Walkaround Checks are part of the complete fleet management package provided by Fuelwise. The smartphone app is fully integrated with Velocity, which makes daily vehicle checks effortless and paper-free.
This feature is provided free of charge to all Fuelwise customers and provides businesses with the necessary tools to carry out their vehicle checks. If you would like to enable this feature on your Fuelwise account, you can do so today by calling your Account Manager on (NI) 028 7032 7800 or (ROI) 1890 702 800. You can also watch our Vehicle Walkaround Checks video and view all of the features. The research is also available to view.