FTA launches new audits for roadworthiness compliance19 April 2016

The Freight Transport Association has launched two new audits, designed to help operators improve fleet compliance “from the top down”.

The Audit of Systems for Maintaining Roadworthiness (ASMR) is a central systems audit that focuses on management processes from board level down, establishing where there are any gaps.

It maps an organisation’s systems to the 100 recommendations in the DVSA’s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness.

The Audit of Vehicle Maintenance Records (AVMR) is a local records audit that follows the maintenance records from planning to defect rectification.

AVMR maps to 34 recommendations in the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness where day-to-day implementation is necessary.

To reflect the size of the fleet, there are two AVMR options – large (more than five vehicles) and small (up to and including five vehicles).

“These new audits will help members to approach roadworthiness compliance from the top-down,” says Sally Thornley, FTA’s director of standards, audit and accreditation.

“The systems audit will highlight gaps in management systems using the Plan, Do, Check, Act method, as well as looking at how the organisation would evidence its systems in the event of being involved in an incident.

“The records audit will help members to check that the systems they expect to be in place are being implemented operationally and by their maintenance providers.”

Operators can take both audits if they want to look at systems and monitor implementation: FTA says typical frequency for an ASMR would be three to five years, with an AVMR every six to 12 months.

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Laura Cork

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