A new driver competency tool is part of a major update to FleetCheck’s Vehicle Inspection App, which has been used to complete more than 9 million car, van and truck safety checks since its launch three years ago.

An innovative procedure built into the app effectively assesses whether an employee is competent to carry out the safety inspection and is applicable to all common car and commercial vehicle licence types.

Peter Golding, managing director, said: “There’s an assumption built into most vehicle safety check processes, whether app or paper-based, that the driver knows what they are doing. However, very few have ever had any kind of training, which is something of a concern.

“The competency check is designed to solve this problem by providing guidance where necessary and enabling the driver to flag up areas where they feel they need more information to assess the vehicle. It’s quite an important development.”

The Vehicle Inspection App also now includes an improved trailer inspection routine, providing automated prompts for the driver, and offers an option for employees to view fuel cards that are linked to themselves and their vehicle.

Finally, it is now easier for users to log into the app, using a mobile number and PIN rather than an e-mail and password combination.

Peter said: “We regularly update the app but this has been one of the more substantial revisions we’ve undertaken, incorporating new ideas from both within FleetCheck and across our user base.

“The product has been one of our major success stories of the last few years. There has been a general increase in awareness of the importance of this kind of digital safety check product in the market, both among car and commercial vehicle fleets, and we have been well-placed to take advantage of the trend.

“However, there have also been a number of developments emerging during the pandemic that have accelerated usage. Van fleets engaged in round-the-clock delivery of frontline services and increasing numbers of people working from home both need to carry out remote safety checks that can be tracked and audited by their fleet managers.

“We’ve made changes in previous revisions to take account of this evolving picture, and we’re aiming to continue to enhance the app on an ongoing basis to meet the needs of what remains a very fluid situation.”