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Driver walk around checks made easy with FTA app

The Freight Transport Association has launched a new internet-based app which enables drivers to carry out their vehicle walk-around checks with the aid of an electronic device. Compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad and a selected range of Android devices, it is easy to use and cuts down on any errors or inefficiencies associated with paper inspections. It also complies with VOSA’s safety and maintenance guide and is available in formats for trucks, coaches and buses, and vans.

Implementing and using the FTA Drivers’ Walk Around Check app, which is powered by Truckfile, is as simple as ‘scan, inspect, transmit and track’. Quick reference bar codes are 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, making it simple for a driver to report a problem.

Defects are alerted in real time and the driver confirms that the vehicle is safe to drive, or not, when completing the full check. This innovative product ensures the driver physically walks around the vehicle to complete the check (it also times the check) – something managers and supervisors will welcome to aid compliance with legislation.

The system keeps a full history of the checks, with up to 15 checks also kept on the hand-held device’s history screen. The information is transmitted to a secure database and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by an authorised user from any web browser.

The cost of the system is £22 plus VAT per vehicle for the first year (which includes a set of stickers) and £12 per vehicle for subsequent years. FTA’s Drivers’ Walk Around Check app can be ordered online at http://www.shop.fta.co.uk or call 08717 11 11 11.

For those who prefer to do their checks in the traditional way, Shopfta stocks report pads, walk around check DVDs, posters, and pocket cards. For further information go to http://www.shop.fta.co.uk or call 08717 11 11 11.

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