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Vehicle inspection app to cut paperwork

17 Sep 13 The Freight Transport Association has launched an application (app) for smartphones and tablets to help drivers with their vehicle walk-around checks.

The app is compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad and certain Android devices. It is powered by Truckfile. The aim is to help reduce errors and inefficiencies associated with paperwork.  It also complies with VOSA’s safety and maintenance guide and is available in formats for trucks, coaches and buses, and vans.

Quick reference (QR) bar codes are placed on the vehicle at key inspection points. These 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.

The FTA said that its app ensures that the driver physically walks around the vehicle to complete the check and it also times the check, aiding 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. 

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