The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched a van maintenance campaign to help van operators take better care of their vehicles, and to keep their drivers and other road users safe.
Almost two thirds (63%) of the 10,800 vans stopped by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) at the roadside each year have a serious mechanical defect, while more than nine out of 10 (93%) are overloaded. Around half of all vehicles stopped posed a road safety risk and were subsequently taken off the road at a cost to their owners of some £4,000 per day.1 Meanwhile, 50% of vans also fail their annual MOT test first time, compared with just 22% of HGVs, whose operators are bound by strict and costly licensing rules.
FORS operators who own vans can use the guide to help them meet some of the requirements in the vehicles section of the FORS standard. For example, the diagram in the daily van maintenance guide can be used to help FORS operators meet requirement V2 Daily walk around checks.