Proactively reduce risks and avoid disruptions within fleet operations by using digital checklists.
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A departure check is a government-mandated inspection of a vehicle that must be carried out daily within a 24-hour interval to ensure its roadworthiness. The daily inspection, which is carried out by a driver using a checklist for departure control, is intended to identify vehicle problems proactively. This avoids unplanned disruptions to fleet operations and reduces the risk of traffic accidents.
Non-observance of pre-departure inspections not only poses a threat to the driver and the public but can also result in fines, falsification of driver data, driver's license revocation and damage to reputation.
Before driving, inspections are essential to ensure the safety of vehicles on the road. Nevertheless, there are drivers who do not carry out the daily checklist checks properly. Here are the main reasons:
There are truck drivers who rush, if at all, through the on-the-spot checks. A thorough departure check on the truck using a form can take 30-50 minutes. This includes checking the engine compartment, lighting, coupling system, tyres, fuel tank, fire extinguishers, etc. The feeling may arise that the time on the road would have been better spent.
Completing a complete log for a departure control means that all critical parts and equipment must be thoroughly inspected and any problems must be documented with supporting information before corrective action reports are submitted. All of these steps in the departure control documentation may feel like additional tasks to be performed in addition to routine pre-screening.
Before the journey, paper checklists and other documents must be completed and submitted daily. The time and effort required for documentation is an additional burden for truck drivers. In addition, there are costs for the constant maintenance of paper documentation, which increases over time, especially for larger fleets.
Fleet managers must ensure that all vehicles in service are safe in order to avoid road accidents and minimise disruptions. Performing uniform departure checks is one way to ensure that all trucks are actually roadworthy. Lumiform, the powerful mobile inspection app, helps fleet managers monitor fleet operations and encourage truck drivers to properly perform daily departure checks from trucks using a digital form. With Lumiform, you'll be able to do this via mobile devices: