Drivers’ walk-around checks made easier with FTA app 19 September 2013

The FTA (Freight Transport Association) has launched an Internet-based app claimed to make drivers' vehicle walk-around checks easier.

Compatible with a range of Apple and Android devices, the app aims to reduce the errors and inefficiencies associated with conventional paper-based inspections.

It also complies with VOSA's (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) safety and maintenance guide and is available in formats for trucks, coaches and buses, and vans.

Samantha Law, general manager of Shopfta, says that implementing and using the Drivers' Walk Around Check app – which is powered by Truckfile and Magic Internet Technologies – is as simple as 'scan, inspect, transmit and track'.

QR (Quick reference) barcodes are placed on the vehicle at key inspection points, and the relevant details completed in response to automated prompts.

The QR tags themselves are weather resistant and contain information about the driver, vehicle, inspection point and the components to be checked.

Law explains that, If defects or advisories are found, the driver can identify them by selecting from a pre-defined list in the system. Defects are then alerted in real time and the driver confirms whether the vehicle is safe to drive or not.

She also emphasises that the app ensures that drivers physically walk around the vehicle to complete their check, timing their checks as they go – something that managers and supervisors will welcome to aid compliance with legislation.

And the system also keeps a full history of the checks, with up to 15 checks also kept on the hand-held device's history screen.

"FTA Drivers' Walk Around Check provides an alternative to the manual paper-based compliance checking processes ... and will enable our members to quickly and easily comply with all VOSA standards for maintaining road-worthiness," states Law.

"It provides fleet operators with greater control over the compliance process and will make a major contribution towards raising standards and increasing the safety of HGV vehicles on our roads," she adds.

The cost of the system is £22 plus VAT per vehicle for the first year (which includes a set of stickers) and £12 per vehicle for subsequent years.

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Freight Transport Association Ltd

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