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Vehicle safety checks – what are your duties?

Whether you drive a HGV or a bus or coach, it’s vital that you know what checks you need to carry out inside and outside of the vehicle before setting off. Failing to do thorough checks could result in unsafe vehicles being driven on public roads. It has often been reported that around 80% of roadside prohibitions due roadworthiness could have been avoided if a walk-around vehicle safety check had taken place.

Below are just some of the things that need to be checked.

Inside the vehicle the checks include:

  • mirrors and glass
  • wipers and washers
  • front view
  • warning lights and gauges
  • steering
  • horn
  • height marker
  • seat belts

Outside, checks include:

  • lights and indicators
  • fuel and oil
  • AdBlue
  • exhaust smoke
  • body and wings
  • tyres and wheel fixings
  • electrical connections
  • security of load

You can see the fill guidance on Gov.uk – HGV Guidance and PSV Guidance.

A mobile driver vehicle safety check app such as SmartCheck will give operators the assurance that checks are conducted as it records the date/time, location and duration of the check. It also means that any defects can be reported in real time.

Posted on: 20.05.2020

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