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FTA looks to revolutionise fleet standards of vehicle worthiness with new audits

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 comprehensively maps an organisation’s systems to the 100 recommendations in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’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). 

Operators can take both audits if they want to look at systems and monitor their implementation.  If so, an operator would typically decide to take an ASMR every three to five years and an AVMR every six to 12 months.

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

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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