Commercial vehicle inspections

FTA vehicle inspector assessing a white vanOur commercial vehicle inspections are carried out on everything from vans to heavy goods vehicles (hgvs). All our inspections are accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and are available nationwide.

Why do I need to inspect my vehicles?

You should regularly inspect your vehicles to:

  • ensure compliance with the latest legislation
  • reduce the risk of defects that could cause accidents
  • save money on costly repairs that occur when defects are left
  • help reduce prohibitions such as graduated fixed penalties (GFPs) and Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) points

What inspections are available?

Roadworthiness inspections - these report on defects that could affect the safety, legality or reliability of your vehicle before the next scheduled inspection. The inspection covers all the items that make up the statutory annual test, as well as items that should be covered by driver walk around checks.

Maintenance inspections - these in-depth visual examinations build upon the roadworthiness inspections to give you valuable insights into maintenance standards and the general care of the vehicle. The inspection looks at paintwork and livery, along with tyre tread depth and partially worn components.

Pre-purchase inspections - these provide information on the condition of a vehicle before you buy. You’ll receive a full maintenance inspection, a standard road and brake test, plus a report on the details of the vehicle such as plated weights, test certificate details and tyre types.

End-of-lease inspections - these provide an objective third-party report on the condition of vehicles before they’re returned. Our reports will highlight areas that require repair before the vehicle is returned.

Due diligence inspections - these examine the condition of a vehicle fleet or assess its financial value in the event of a takeover or merger.

Lifting equipment inspections - these full visual examinations are available as an addition to your roadworthiness or maintenance inspections. They focus on the operation and mechanics of lifting equipment and include tail lifts, lorry mounted cranes, bin lifts and demountable body systems.

What audits are available?FTA vehicle inspector checking wheel nuts

An effective auditing procedure will give you confidence in your operation’s efficiency and compliance and will highlight areas for improvement.

Audit of Systems for Maintaining Roadworthiness Systems (ASMR) - Our brand new central systems audit that focuses on management processes from board level down. ASMR comprehensively maps an organisation’s systems to the 100 recommendations in the ‘Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness’. The audit provides bespoke recommended actions and example solutions to keep your system structure healthy at every level. Find out more

Audit of Vehicle Maintenance Records (AVMR) - Our brand new comprehensive local records audit that follows the maintenance records from planning to defect rectification. AVMR maps to 34 recommendations from the ‘Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness’ where day-to-day implementation is necessary. Find out more

Driver walk around check audits - an independent stop and search at random on vehicles that are about to exit your premises to show vehicle compliance, monitoring of your drivers’ competency and to highlight further training requirements.

Find out about our first class management information

To help you in the effective management of your fleet Visionfta provides online interactive inspection reports that help you quickly and easily keep on top of your fleets' compliance. Reports can cover a range of areas, including safety defects, comparisons by depot, component and sector. Our reports let you:

  • quickly pinpoint safety, legal or maintenance issues
  • compare your operation with industry standards
  • measure the impact of changes you've implemented

For those who use our tachograph services, Visionfta can also act as a portal to your tachograph and drivers' hours compliance also.

Training your staff in maintenance

We offer a number of training courses to help your staff ensure effective maintenance. Courses include:

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How do I find out more information?

You can download our commercial vehicle inspections brochure (PDF). Alternatively please get in touch.

Click here to download Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)'s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness, which is filled with helpful information for operators, drivers and other staff involved in the use of goods and passenger carrying vehicles.

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