26 Oct 2015

Fleet Vehicles - How to Keep on the Right Side of the Law

The Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) was introduced by police forces across England, Scotland and Wales in the mid-1980s. 

VDRS applies to passenger cars, motorcycles and mopeds, and small goods vehicles. It also applies to any trailer or caravan being towed by a vehicle covered by the scheme.

What is VDRS? 

The Police can prosecute drivers for using a defective vehicle on the road. The Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) is sometimes offered to offenders to ensure that vehicle faults are fixed whilst avoiding prosecution of the driver. (Police use of the VDRS is voluntary.) The officer(s) will probably look over your car and try to spot any obvious problems. To give you an idea what they will be looking for, check out the list below:
  • Missing mudguards
  • Defective lights
  • No/Damaged mirrors
  • No/Defective windscreen wipers
  • No windscreen washers
  • No horn
  • Seat belts not properly maintained
  • Damaged windscreen
  • Under inflated tyres

If your vehicle has a visible defect, or one listed above, then you may be issued with a Vehicle Defect Rectification Notice. If you are given the opportunity to participate in the scheme you will be required to get any police-noted defect fixed as soon as possible and to provide suitable evidence within 14 days (or 21 days in Scotland) that you have done so. If you fail to do so you will face the prospect of prosecution, points on your licence and a fine.

The VDRS will not apply:
  • When the vehicle has been in an accident
  • If the vehicle has four or more defects 
  • If the defect is considered so severe (eg. faulty brakes) that it falls outside of the scheme

Keep your car in roadworthy condition to avoid prosecution 

As a driver it is your responsibility to ensure that any vehicle you are driving is maintained in a roadworthy condition.

An MOT certificate is not sufficient to rely on. The MOT test is only a check of the vehicle’s condition at the time of the test and does not guarantee that the vehicle will remain defect-free and roadworthy until the next test.

It is no defence to claim that you were unaware of a particular defect either. You should carry out regular safety checks and are expected to make sure that any vehicle you drive is in a safe and roadworthy condition before you drive.

How to Keep Your Car Good to Go?

Good to go Safety now supply pre-drive checklists for fleet vehicles and trailers to help drivers keep on the right side of the law. The vehicle checklist allows the driver to complete a walk through of essential checks to help identify any potential faults before they take to the road. The checklist can be used as part of your fleet management and maintenance programmes and can also provide invaluable evidence in the event of a road traffic accident involving that vehicle. 

Indeed the system has recently been announced as the Best New Product at the Commercial Fleet Awards. 

To order your checklists please visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk - with Winter fast approaching and darker nights now upon us vehicle maintenance is now more important than ever!

1 comment:

  1. Fleet Management is necessary to keep a track of all your vehicles and see if they are being overused or misused in any manner. Fleet Management


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