SME fleets should ensure drivers make vehicle checks where essential workers are still on the road.
This is certainly the case for vehicles that are close to their MOT date following government’s decision to suspend the roadworthiness test for six months from March 30, 2020.
Martin Evans, the managing director of fleet software provider Jaama, said:
“Vehicle roadworthiness is business critical and essential for all road users. With MOTs being suspended for all types of vehicles, including those subject to Operator Licence conditions, it is vital that drivers are vigilant and undertake daily vehicle checks.
“A daily walk-around check taking just a few minutes for drivers to check, for example tyre condition, oil, water and screen wash levels and that all lights are working as well as the condition of windscreens and bodywork could be the difference between life and death.
“Garages have been declared ‘essential’ by the government so remain open to undertake maintenance and repairs. MOTs may have been suspended, but that is no reason to neglect the importance of vehicle defect checks. In fact it makes vehicle maintenance even more important.”
Evans added that Jaama had a driver app called ‘MyVehicle App’ which enabled drivers to ‘self-service’ such requirements and ensure a fleet was operating its due duty of care.