Posted by

Sandra Brandon, LGV Trade Engagement Manager at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

06 Jan 2016

DVSA and the transport industry are working together to encourage van owners and drivers to better maintain their vehicles.We’re doing this by highlighting the road safety risks associated with poor maintenance and overloading.

 More vans and more miles

In 2014 to 2015 there were over 3.5 million light goods vehicles registered in Great Britain, travelling an estimated 45.5 billion miles. Recent forecasts from the Department for Transport show that this figure will continue to rise substantially in the coming years. Operating a poorly maintained van could result in an accident. Making sure these vehicles are regularly serviced and maintained will help goods and services reach their destination – promoting a reputation for reliability and increasing road safety.

 How we’re helping and encouraging

We’ve created a range of useful videos and guidance to encourage van users to stay safe and legal. These include things like the routine walkaround check, to highlight mechanical areas of concern, and essential information on weight limits and driving hours.The walkaround checklist contains an instructional diagram of the daily routine checks a van driver should carry out before using their vehicle.The most commonly identified defects are with tyres, lights and reflectors, suspension, steering or transmission.

All the videos, guides and information can be found at www.gov.uk/dvsa/vans

You can also help

If you’re an MOT tester or garage owner, you can also encourage van owners and drivers to stay safe and legal.

When you have customers who own or drive a van, please feel free to share this information with them and encourage them to use the walkaround checklist on a daily basis.

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