The OCRS system – Operator Compliance Risk Score – used by VOSA as part of its enforcement process, means that commercial vehicle operators must be ever more vigilant in their maintenance regimes if they are to achieve the highest possible OCRS score, and thus the maximum level of legal compliance. A key element in this process must be the role of the driver and his commitment to carrying out a daily inspection of his vehicle and completing efficient driver defect reports. Regrettably, experience from checks carried out by the Freight Transport Association's Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) shows that many drivers fall down on these obligations leading to unnecessary, inconvenient and costly vehicle down-time and a possible reduction in OCRS score level.
To assist with driver education and training, FTA has produced a ten minute DVD which demonstrates the reasons why efficient daily checks are so important before the vehicle leaves base. The DVD also details the areas of the vehicle to be inspected.
In addition, a second disc contains printable documents that can be used in conjunction with the DVD, including manager's notes, two test papers and two answer papers.
The DVD is available from Shopfta priced £15 plus VAT to FTA members and £25 plus VAT to non-members. Discounts are available for multiple orders.