03 April 2017
Fuel tankers are large delivery vehicles carrying dangerous
materials and so require a high-level of care to ensure that they are working
to optimum standard. The law requires drivers of such vehicles to carry out
daily walkaround checks, inspecting various aspects of the vehicle to ensure
everything is working as it should be.
This daily walkaround check must be recorded, a task which is
often seen as onerous and filled with paperwork. Frequently, issues arise with
regards to poor handwriting preventing some of the information being read or
paperwork getting lost or damaged in the cab. As such, companies are looking to
new technology to find ways to improve this process.
That’s where the Fuel Pod app comes in – which as well as
offering electronic proof of delivery, also includes vehicle inspection
software, allowing drivers to digitally record the checks they have completed.
What checks need to be carried out?
The Drivers and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) requires all
HGV drivers to check the following parts of the vehicle before driving:
Front view clear
No excessive engine exhaust smoke
Windscreen wipers and washers
Lights and indicators
No fuel or oil leaks
Battery security and condition
Security of body and wings
Spray suppression system in place
Tyres and wheel fixing
Security of load
Mirrors and glass
The benefits of using digital vehicle inspection software:
Nowadays, many fuel suppliers outsource delivery to other
companies. In doing so they are placing a significant amount of trust in the
drivers to ensure that legal obligations are met. Using the Fuel Pod technology
allows for the daily walkaround checks, legally required by DVSA, to be logged.
The app will record the time and location of where and when the checks took
place and will also show if the vehicle had been moved prior to the checks
being undertaken. This information is fed to a back-office system in real-time
allowing for businesses to know that checks have taken place and rectify the
issue if they have not.
These checks are also stored locally on the device, so if a
driver is pulled over for a roadside check to be completed the software can
create a DVSA approved statement certifying that the daily check took place.
This increases efficiency and gets your vehicle moving onto its next delivery
as quickly as possible.
Furthermore, images from the checks can also been sent back
by the drivers, so if a problem is identified replacement parts are ordered or
the vehicle is booked in for repairs – increasing efficiency and reducing the
potential time the vehicle might be off the road costing the business money.
Failure to comply with the DVSA requirements regarding daily
checks can lead to prosecution, penalty points for the driver and a fine.
There are many benefits to the Fuel Pod system and the vehicle inspection software is just one of them – giving you the
security of knowing that your vehicles are operating as effectively and safely
as can be.
If you think the Fuel Pod could benefit your
business, then get in touch with us today by calling 0161 874 5050 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.