Driver-owned home delivery fleets need to “start to align to industry norms on safety over time”

Massive growth in driver-owned home delivery fleets means that they need to start to “align to industry norms on safety over time,” FleetCheck is warning. Peter Golding, managing director of the fleet software specialist, said the increase in these kinds of vehicle operations during the pandemic was an area that needed attention. “There have always been some issues with people using their own unsuitable vehicles for business activity but, when this was limited to, for […]

Combination of new vehicle and skills shortages could lead fleets to “poor decisions”

An emerging combination of shortages in both new vehicle supply and fleet management skills could lead to “poor decisions” being made as businesses move towards electrification, FleetCheck is warning. Very long lead times – caused by factors including Brexit, the pandemic and slow production ramp-ups in the switch to EVs – were being magnified as a problem thanks to a decrease in available expertise, said managing director Peter Golding. He explained: “Shortages of vehicles are […]

FleetCheck extends free Back to Work App offer until March 2021

An offer to download a new app designed to handle the risk management of drivers returning to work after furlough has been extended to March 2021. FleetCheck’s Back-to-Work App, based on the company’s well-established Vehicle Inspection App, has been adopted by more than 150 fleets since it was first introduced in June. Peter Golding, managing director, explained: “Given the government’s decision to extend furloughing arrangements until the end of March, it seems right to lengthen […]

Why companies need to ensure drivers are carrying out walkaround checks

A walkaround check is more than a ‘tick-box’ exercise as it ensures your vehicle is fit for the road. Increasingly at FleetCheck, we have been seeing evidence that drivers are treating essential walkaround checks on their company vehicles as a “tick box” exercise. These inspections should be carried out on a daily basis ideally, and so it is perhaps inevitable that some degree of fatigue sets in. Drivers may just go through the motions rather […]