Increasingly at FleetCheck, we’re seeing evidence that drivers are treating essential walkaround checks on their company vehicles as a “tick box” exercise. As you’ll know, 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 than carry out a genuine inspection and do so for very human reasons – perhaps they are late […]
Running a fleet – if not done properly – can be a legal minefield, and we can’t stress enough how vital it is that you (a) understand what’s expected of you/your company/your drivers, and (b) know what to do in order to fulfil those obligations.
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 […]