Licence Check launches roadworthiness check feature amid post-lockdown vehicle concerns
16 July 2020
Author: Sean Keywood
Licence Check has added a new feature to its Davis compliance management system, designed to pick up vehicles that might have dangerous defects following the coronavirus lockdown.
The firm says that extensions granted by the government to MOT tests could mean affected vehicles being on the road with major problems unaddressed.
Its new roadworthiness feature therefore company and grey fleet drivers to carry out, and confirm they have carried out, basic essential checks to ensure the continuing safety of a vehicle used for work purposes.
The feature is a no-cost upgrade for all current Fleet File and Grey Fleet users within the Davis platform.
Once activated, it emails drivers telling them a roadworthiness check on their vehicle is needed, normally at 30-day intervals, although this time period can be adjusted by the employer.
The check can then be completed via an emailed link or the Davis website.
Required checks include tyre tread depth and condition, oil and fluid levels, lights, windscreen condition, brakes, warning lights and obvious damage.
Licence Check says the process should only take a few minutes, and results can be returned on a mobile device or the driver's workstation.
Any failures are then reported to managers as an urgent issue.
Licence Check general manager Terry Hiles said: "The six-month MOT extension will see at least five million fewer tests carried out over the period, which raises obvious concerns about the ongoing condition of many vehicles used for work related purposes.
"Regular roadworthiness inspections of this nature should bring some defects to light sooner rather than later by requiring drivers to regularly perform basic inspections that all too often are simply overlooked, and importantly confirms they have carried them out.
"This not only ensures that employees meet their legal obligations to other road users in terms of the safety of their vehicle, but it provides a clear audit trail to show that basic safety checks have been carried out and that vehicles used for work remain reasonably fit for use."