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 vehicle 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, not only endangering the driver, but the lives of other road users. 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 have all been published to a clear and simple guide on GOV.UK.
It includes things like the routine walkaround check, to highlight mechanical areas of concern. 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:
· lights and reflectors
Some of the more essential information for van drivers includes things like weight limits and loading, speed limits for vans, and driving hours.
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.