Many people who drive to and from work in their own vehicles believe that company car or fleet management policies and procedures have nothing to do with them.
For the most part this is right - but the situation changes immediately a vehicle is used for work related business, and in the eyes of the law, this is as simple as popping down to the stationery store for supplies, or travelling from one office location to another.
The Highway Code (rule 97) states that you should ensure that your vehicle is legal and roadworthy.
Ok so hand on heart, when was the last time you checked your vehicle over to ensure it was roadworthy and lawful?
Many of the vehicles that I see on my client visits are in dire need of cleaning, but hang on, this is more serious than just a car wash. Because depending on your employer’s policies and procedures, it could be you that’s in hot water.
Companies must ensure that any vehicles used for their on road activities are lawful and roadworthy! That doesn’t just apply to company owned vehicles but any vehicles that are used for business miles which includes employees own vehicles.
Now I fully appreciate that you are not likely to see many business owners come out and check their employee’s vehicles to see that they meet the legislative requirements.
The lawful side is easier to manage as the employer should have copies of your driving licence, insurance, tax and MOT. The harder one to manage is the roadworthiness of the employee’s vehicle.
So this is done within the company’s policies and procedures which will state that you must ensure that your vehicle is lawful and roadworthy.
In many cases this includes a need for pre-use checks, and regular servicing in line with the manufacturers recommendations.
Failure to comply with your company’s policies and procedures could land you in a disciplinary process and stop you from using your vehicle on business activities. It could also lead to the termination of your employment especially if your job role requires you to be out on the road.
Don’t forget also that a properly serviced and maintained vehicle will be more fuel efficient, therefore giving you a better return on your mileage claim.
And statistically you are also safer and less likely to breakdown in a regularly serviced and maintained vehicle so there is no excuse for not keeping your vehicle in a roadworthy condition.
If you need your vehicle for work, or work related business, protect yourself by ensuring it’s legal and well maintained.
About The Author
Brian Thompson has over 30-years experience in risk aversion and has trained all levels of road users from learners to advanced pursuit and response police drivers. His business, Uneedus Fleet Risk Support helps companies with their legislative on-road risk compliance obligations. Learn more by visiting his fleet management website or drop him a line on [email protected]
Most motorists are aware that trying to run wipers on a frozen windscreen will cause the wiper blades to degrade and produce streaks across the screen.
But here’s a TOP TIP for you about wiper blades that you may not be aware of:
If your windscreen is frozen, the wiper blades stick to the glass. If the wipers are switched on this may cause a fuse to blow or the motor to be damaged leading to an expense which you can avoid.
Before you get into the vehicle, lift and unstick your wiper blades away from the windscreen.
When in the vehicle, before you turn the ignition on, make sure the wipers are turned off. Clear the screen, then use your wipers.
Don't forget as well that damaged wiper blades will need to be replaced when it comes to renewing your MOT Test Certificate.
We hope this helps and may we wish you happy motoring!
With winter now here, frosts, rain and maybe one day snow, we should all check our tyres. The minimum depth for a tyre is 1.6mm for the centre ¾ of tread for the entire circumference of the tyre. There should be no cuts, bulges, exposed cords or excessive perishing of the tyre.
We should also check that the tyres have worn evenly. If the tyres have worn on the inner or outer edges this would suggest that the tracking is out and therefore should be checked.
If you are getting a vibration through your steering wheel at varying speeds, this could be due to wheel balance. It is advisable to have your tyres balanced at service intervals.
One of the most important parts of the tyre is the tyre pressure itself. Low tyre pressure can cause poor fuel economy, bad handling and wearing on the edges. High tyre pressure can also cause bad handling and excess wearing on the centre of the tread.
All of the above will also help your safety and help the tyre to last longer. If you would like to pop in or book an appointment in advance we would gladly check your tyres for you.