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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 the free availability of the app to match.

“Furloughing creates some quite specific issues when it comes to risk management and the design brief for the app was to create a simple but effective means of handling these issues.”

The Back-to-Work App covers areas such as driver health and fitness, with special attention paid to coronavirus symptoms, and the condition of the vehicle. It is designed for car and van operators.

Peter said: “The app bridges an area of risk management for which there is no obvious solution – what to do about vehicles and drivers that have been outside of normal fleet operations for an extended period of time.

“We’ve had excellent feedback from the fleets that have adopted it, who recognise the need for thorough, auditable procedures in this area. What we are providing is something that will work off-the-shelf for the vast majority.”

He added that FleetCheck had worked hard on delivering a range of useful products and services to help businesses through the pandemic, and that strong partnerships had been created as a result.

“In addition to the app, we’ve held webinars, written guides, and generally given a lot of free consultancy advice and attempted to go the extra mile. Our attitude has been a human one – that we’re all in this together and we should help where we can.

“It’s an approach that is not designed to directly benefit our bottom line but we believe it has helped us to build deeper relationships with existing customers and create new relationships with many different organisations.”