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Top five vehicle safety check issues revealed

Body damage is the most common issue identified in commercial vehicle safety checks, according to software specialist FleetCheck.

The Walkaround Check app provides a completely paper-free checking process,
FleetCheck’s Walkaround Check app provides a completely paper-free checking process,

The firm’s analysis of checks completed through its vehicle check mobile app, which launched a year ago, found that windscreen damage came in second place, followed by mechanical noises, failed bulbs and internal damage.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said the problems identified by the app, which has completed some 210,000 checks since the start of 2017, could have a material effect on the safety of the commercial vehicles being used and illustrate the importance of making checks

The research also shows that the most common time for checks is 7-8am with a further peak around 4-5pm. Each check takes an average of 95 seconds – although the type of check does vary widely for vehicle type.

Golding added: “The app has proven to be one of our most successful products ever, delivering a robust, easy-to-use and effective electronic method of replacing an old-school manual commercial vehicle safety check.”

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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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