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Brake releases guide to improve roadworthiness of fleets

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Brake’s guide ‘Maintenance and mechanics: how safe are your vehicles?’ includes some easy but essential steps which fleet managers can implement to keep their fleet roadworthy.

Published through Brake’s Fleet Safety Forum, in conjunction with the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (RITE), the guide details the consequences of poorly maintained fleet vehicles. Discussing how lack of maintenance means vehicles pose a greater risk of breaking down, or being involved in potentially dangerous crashes.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which sets and enforces the standards of vehicle roadworthiness, regularly conducts targeted checks either on the roadside or at operator premises.

In 2012/13, DVSA found 38% of vehicles they inspected had mechanical faults – the majority of which could have been picked up through simple pre-drive checks.

As well as detailing processes fleet managers can take to ensure the safety of their fleet, the guide educates fleet drivers on how to discover potential issues with vehicles.

Those who are subscribed to Brake can gain the report for free, while non-subscribers can purchase the report for £5.

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