New FTA app aids driver walk-around checks

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched a new internet-based app which enables drivers to carry out their vehicle walk-around checks with the aid of an electronic device. Compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad and a selected range of Android devices, the FTA says that the app cuts down on any errors or inefficiencies associated with paper inspections. It also complies with VOSA’s safety and maintenance guide and is available in formats for vans, trucks, coaches and buses. Quick reference bar codes are placed on a vehicle at key inspection points, allowing users to “scan, inspect, transmit and track” the vehicle with the FTA Drivers’ Walk Around Check app. These weather resistant label tags contain information about the driver, vehicle, inspection point and the components to be checked. If defects or advisories are found they can be selected from a pre-defined list within the system,…

Company cars without full service records lose thousands at auction

Non-maintained fleet and leased vehicles which are presented at auction without a full service record, are losing up to £390 per vehicle and up to 5% of their value, according to recent research. it is estimated that up to 12% of non-maintained vehicles go to auction without a complete service record and this is resulting in a loss of thousands of pounds of profit for fleet companies. To put this in perspective, if a fleet or leasing company disposes of 5,000 vehicles per year, of which 5% have no full service record, they could face losing £97,500 annually. It goes without saying that dealers will pay a higher price for vehicles that have been properly maintained. Fleetdrive’s FleetCheck service, available from just £2.50 per vehicle, will send a text alert to the driver when a scheduled service, MOT test etc is due, ensuring that…

The damaging facts about parking your leased car

New figures from British Car Auctions (BCA), reveal that only 3% of motorists whose vehicles were damaged while parked had been left any contact details from the other party. Car door dents were the most common damage to parked cars with nearly two-thirds of motorists reporting this type of damage. Paintwork scratches or key lines accounted for 61% of damage, while 32% of motorists surveyed by BCA returned to their vehicle to find wing mirror damage. Damage on unattended vehicles: Car door dents – 64% Paintwork scratches or key damage – 61% Wing mirror damage – 32% Deflated tyres – 3.6% Graffiti – 1.4% According to BCA’s poll of nearly 1,000 motorists, the state of UK roads and the effect on vehicle condition is also a cause for concern. Over two thirds blame potholes for noticeable or significant damage to their car. And more…