The one-millionth vehicle safety inspection using a FleetCheck app launched just over two years ago has taken place this week.

The Vehicle Inspection App was unveiled at Commercial Vehicle Show in April 2017 and is designed to create the means to schedule, carry out, confirm, follow-up and audit all kinds of inspections from daily walkarounds to formal weekly or monthly checks.

Designed for cars, vans, HGVs, buses and coaches, it was enhanced earlier this year to incorporate a range of advanced features such as support for languages commonly used among UK fleet drivers, a fit-to-drive declaration, enhanced damage, defect and collision reporting and shift recording.

Uniquely, it also features an interface that allows users to access tyre pressure data for a wide range of cars and vans to ensure that drivers undertaking checks can easily check the correct level for their vehicle.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “Immediately from launch, the app found an important niche for organisations that needed a fast, accurate, DVSA-compliant digital safety check tool.

“It delivers a completely paper-free checking process, instant visibility of missed checks, uploading of relevant photos from drivers, bespoke checking for specialist equipment and automated mileage collection to enable accurate forward maintenance planning.

“It is, we believe, probably the most robust, simple-to-use and effective electronic method of replacing an old-school manual vehicle safety process available today.”

As an example of the benefits of the app, Peter cited the example of the Krispy Kreme fleet, which has saved just over £5,000 across its 77 vehicles since they started the roll out of the app to their 170 users, 12 months ago.

Ben Povey, National Transport Manager at Krispy Kreme, said: “Under the old, paper-based system, we had to pay for two check sheets per vehicle per day – and it soon mounts up. In contrast, the app is faster, easier to use, more accurate, instantly auditable and helps us not only with our duty of care but also in support of our CSR strategies.”

The Vehicle Inspection App also integrates with FleetCheck’s fleet management software, which is already in use by almost 1,000 customers operating around 100,000 vehicles, providing a complete vehicle safety solution.

Peter added: “There are now about 25,000 checks every week being undertaken using the app and by the end of this year, we expect to have passed the 1.5 million check milestone. It is no exaggeration to say that it is one of the most widespread and important safety tools being used across the fleet sector.”

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