Many employers choose to lease their cars and vans with an inclusive maintenance package. It’s a good idea, helping to spread the cost of maintenance and removing managerial issues of having to look for suppliers. However, just because you have chosen “with maintenance”, you should not assume that your vehicles are actually being maintained.
As you probably know, commercial vehicles weighing less then 3.5 tonnes fall outside of the scope of a DVSA operator licence. They still need frequent, scheduled checks under law, but they are not subject to the same kind of more stringent regulation.
The walkaround check is very much at the frontline of risk management for fleets, whether it is a simple tyres, levels and lights check for a company car driver or the more formal and controlled checks that commercial vehicle drivers have to complete under VOSA regulations. What these checks have in common is that they are prone to complacency over time, that drivers start to tick the boxes without really looking properly at the areas […]
Not much notice is taken of the fact that probably by far the most popular tool used for managing fleets is not designed for that purpose at all. It’s Excel, the Microsoft spreadsheet. This isn’t just the case in small fleets. We quite regularly come across organisations who have adopted a combination of spreadsheets and paper systems to run fleets of more than a 1,000 vehicles. However, compared to specialist software, this approach cannot help […]