When it comes to running any business, it is absolutely essential to ensure that all equipment, regardless of what it may be, is fit for purpose. Without having efficient technology and apparatus, it will be impossible to work at capacity, and therefore potential profits will dip.

This is, of course, also the case when it comes to businesses that involve vehicles, but there is an additional reason for ensuring operational competence; health and safety. A vehicle that is not maintained properly is potentially incredibly dangerous, not only for the driver of said vehicle, but also for other road users.

It is worth noting that, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the government has announced that all truck and trailer MOT tests will be suspended for an initial period of three months. However, depending on your vehicle’s age and its history, it may be necessary to apply for a certificate to declare the vehicle safe for purpose. More information can be found in <ahref=”https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-lorries-buses-and-trailers”>the official government guidance</a>.

However, though there now exists an MOT hiatus, it is still absolutely vital that all trucks be roadworthy. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has by no means stopped looking out for vehicles that shouldn’t be on the road, so there is absolutely no room for complacency. In fact, we’ve seen a number of DVSA testing teams that up and down the M6 locally in the last few weeks.

So, with that in mind, let’s look at why truck maintenance remains important, and the consequences of failing to abide by the DVSA’s regulations

Why it is essential

It can be very easy to, if not entirely overlook maintenance, then certainly push it down the agenda. It makes sense that the priority will nearly always be on how to retain or increase profit margins, which means the focus will tend to be on striking deals, completing journeys and transporting goods and materials.

However, without having vehicles that are in peak working condition, such journeys will not be possible. Checking the oil, monitoring brakes and inspecting tyre pressure can be done relatively easily and quickly, and can not only mean better performance on the road, but will ensure that the driver is working in a safe environment. Ultimately, this will also reduce periods of downtime and enhance your company’s reputation when it comes to prioritising safety.

What are the consequences?

If trucks are not maintained properly, performance will ultimately suffer. If a truck is not in a fit state, then it cannot carry out its role, and business profits will fall.

There is also the risk that failures could result in accidents and, should a lorry, bus or coach be found to be operating on the road while not complying with the law, then the DVSA can fine first time offenders as much as £300. However, should it be found that said vehicle has been caught numerous times, the fine could reach as much as £1,500, or more seriously it could cause injuries or loss of life.

At James Hart (Chorley) Limited, we are able to provide a full range of servicing and repairs to your truck including pre-MOT inspections to ensure you’re road legal and safe.