APP: FTA launch new vehicle check tool
Drivers can now undertake vehicle walk-around checks with the aid of an electronic device after the Freight Transport Association (FTA) launched a new internet-based app.
Compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad – plus selected Android devices – the FTA Drivers’ Walk Around Check app aims to cut down on inefficiencies associated with paper inspections.
Powered by Truckfile, it also complies with VOSA’s safety and maintenance guide and is available in formats for trucks, coaches and buses, and vans.
The app works with the aid of quick reference bar codes, placed on the vehicle at key inspection points.
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.
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 system keeps a full history of the checks, with up to 15 checks also kept on the hand-held device’s history screen.
All information is transmitted to a secure database and can be accessed 24/7 by an authorised user from any web browser.
The cost of the system is £22, plus VAT, per vehicle for the first year and £12 per vehicle for subsequent years.
Image courtesy of West Midlands Police, with thanks.