New FTA app aids driver walk-around checks

Safety checks app for van driversThe 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, making it simple for a driver to report a problem.

Defects are alerted in real time and the driver confirms that the vehicle is safe to drive, or not, when completing the full check. The app ensures the driver physically walks around the vehicle to complete the check (it also times the check) – something managers and supervisors will welcome to aid compliance with legislation.

The system keeps a full history of the checks, with up to 15 checks also kept on the hand-held device’s history screen. The information is transmitted to a secure database and can be accessed at all times by an authorised user from any web browser.

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. FTA’s Drivers’ Walk Around Check app can be ordered online at or by calling 08717 11 11 11.


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