The Freight Transport Association has launched two new audits today (18 April) aimed at revolutionising the approach to raising standards of roadworthiness within vehicle fleets.
Regular, unbiased auditing of systems and their implementation can provide reassurance that an organisation is complying with its legal and moral obligations. Auditing can also be used to assess the performance of maintenance providers and pinpoint areas for improvement.
Sally Thornley, FTA’s Director of Standards, Audit and Accreditation, said: “These new audits will help members to approach roadworthiness compliance from the top-down. The systems audit will highlight gaps in management systems using the Plan, Do, Check, Act method, as well as looking at how the organisation would evidence its systems in the event of being involved in an incident. The records audit will help members to check that the systems they expect to be in place are being implemented operationally and by their maintenance providers.”
The Audit of Systems for Maintaining Roadworthiness (ASMR) is a central systems audit that focuses on management processes from board level down, establishing where there are any gaps. It comprehensively maps an organisation’s systems to the 100 recommendations in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness.
The Audit of Vehicle Maintenance Records (AVMR) is a local records audit that follows the maintenance records from planning to defect rectification. AVMR maps to 34 recommendations in the Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness where day-to-day implementation is necessary. To reflect the size of the fleet, there are two AVMR options – large (more than five vehicles) and small (up to and including five vehicles).
Operators can take both audits if they want to look at systems and monitor their implementation. If so, an operator would typically decide to take an ASMR every three to five years and an AVMR every six to 12 months.
Further information on roadworthiness audits can be found at http://www.fta.co.uk/services/vehicle_inspection_service/roadworthiness-audits.html or by calling FTA Member Services on 03717 11 22 22.