There are two types of essential roadworthy inspection to consider for your fleet vehicles; the daily walk-around checks and the regular safety inspections. Each type differs in scale and complexity and has its own purpose, requiring a different level of skill.
The walk around checks must be undertaken daily before each fleet vehicle is used, whilst a driver must also monitor the roadworthiness of their vehicle with regular safety inspections. Such inspections should be undertaken as a separate operation to routine servicing and repair in accordance with VOSA’s criteria.
VOSA is the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, their role is to uphold safety on the road by ensuring adherence to the responsibilities involved in maintaining vehicles. When operating a fleet of vehicles it’s essential you remain compliant with VOSA as part of your fleet’s preventative maintenance programme. By doing so, you can pick up on early signs of a potential fault developing.
VOSA recognises that operators of heavy goods such as fleet vehicles will not be perfect all of the time. However, they want drivers to be vigilant and responsible. After all they have power to stop vehicles to ensure compliance is met.
Staying compliant puts a number of financial constraints on operators, however they are crucial in ensuring both public and driver safety. By completing a full examination of the visual, operational and mechanical condition of your fleet, you help to avoid bigger problems such as failure at the roadside or accidents due to faulty parts.
A lot of time, money and energy are spent on carrying out numerous measures to ensure that operator licence regulations are met. But how can you be certain that all the systems you have in place are being actioned correctly, and that they are in line with VOSA’s recommendations?
VOSA’s guide to maintaining roadworthiness assists in helping operators, drivers and those responsible for running, maintaining or providing fleet vehicles with guidance on daily checks and inspections, and responsibilities for roadworthiness and monitoring. This is particularly useful in ensuring your fleet is VOSA compliant.
You can gain legal compliance of your fleet with VOSA vehicle checks via smart mobile solutions making life easier for businesses on the move. With the right software and devices, mobilised workforces can stay on top of your fleet’s compliancy needs by moving from paper-based systems to real-time electronic mobile operations, helping to increase productivity and save time.
Utilising a mobile software solution is a perfect replacement to the vehicle inspection sheet. It helps bridge the gap between management, the driver and the maintenance provider to ensure the fleet remains compliant and on the road.
Using mobile devices when daily checks or VOSA vehicle checks are carried out means all persons involved can be notified in real-time to ensure that informed business decisions are made on the fleet.
It’s helpful to know as an operator undertaking your own safety inspections that using EDG’s Mobilise solution for VOSA vehicle checks can help you to gain 100% compliancy alongside DVSA and VOSA.
With the help of mobile solutions, you can ensure VOSA compliance for your entire fleet through regular vehicle checks aided by specialised IT devices. In-turn you can guide your workforce through the processes of daily checks and prompt them to perform checks at the start and end of the day.
Real-time electronic mobile operations help to support management of DVSA requirements for a variety of vehicles including large goods vehicles, cars and vans, and offer a simplistic method to defect and exception reporting. They also enable data retention with digital storage for 15 months, as per the VOSA requirement.
For busy fleet operations, moving to mobile operations could help you to reduce operating costs whilst enhancing productivity, removing the need for paperwork and assisting in the handling of your vehicle maintenance programme.