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Driving for Better Business is launching a free driver app and management portal to provide a robust way for employers to safely get drivers and vehicles ready for the road again after the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Key Features

  • Elimination of paper checklists with associated chasing and filing

  • Thorough digital safety check for mothballed vehicles including photographic evidence of defects or damage
  • ‘Fit to drive’ driver declaration

  • Essential driver support information
  • Daily vehicle sanitisation checklist
  • Cloud-based manager dashboard to monitor compliance
  • Robust audit trail of all legally required actions
  • Push messaging to reinforce safety messages and driving for work policy
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Key Features

  • Elimination of paper checklists with associated chasing and filing

  • Thorough digital safety check for mothballed vehicles

  • Driver can submit photographic evidence of defects or damage
  • Automated scheduling of further regular inspections
  • ‘Fit to drive’ driver declaration including COVID-19 symptoms
  • Essential driver support information
  • Daily vehicle sanitisation checklist
  • Cloud-based manager dashboard to monitor compliance
  • Robust audit trail of all legally required actions
  • Push messaging to reinforce safety messages and driving for work policy
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Vehicles

Vehicles that haven’t been used for many weeks can’t simply be put straight back on the road and will need a thorough inspection before the vehicle is used again. The app includes a detailed 20-point checklist (devised by Mercedes-Benz Vans) to help the driver ensure the vehicle is fully roadworthy. Failure to do so could see an increase in breakdowns and other incidents caused by mechanical failure. Further information also shows the driver how to sanitise the vehicle effectively.

Drivers

Drivers will be coming back to a different environment than they knew before. They will need time to readjust to higher traffic levels but will also have new challenges to contend with as more commuters take to the roads to avoid public transport. A new series of 12 short animations included in the app will help the drivers understand these challenges. The driver declaration form included in the app will confirm their awareness to managers as well as their fitness to drive (free of COVID-19 symptoms) and their acceptance of new policies such as vehicle sanitisation.

Employers

The app sends the completed checks to a management portal where the employer can manage any vehicle maintenance or repairs that are needed, and communicate any changes in policy such as hand-washing and vehicle cleaning direct to drivers. The management portal includes links to the latest government guidance relating to vehicles during COVID-19 as well as resources exclusively created for the Driving for Better Business COVID-19 Transport Toolkit.

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Employers – find out more

The complete package of manager portal and drivers’ app, developed in collaboration with fleet management experts FleetCheck, is completely free to use for employers with more than 10 vehicles and provides a robust way to safely get all drivers and vehicles ready for the road again. Employers with less than 10 vehicles are still able to download digital versions of the checklists and animations to distribute to their drivers.

“With many businesses non-operational during the COVID-19 lockdown, their company vehicles may not have turned a wheel in weeks. As the lockdown is lifted, employers need to make sure vehicles are roadworthy before they’re driven again.”

“Drivers, too, will have to make sure they’re ready. Having been used to no more than the occasional trip to the shops on an empty road, traffi c will start to increase to more normal levels.”

“That’s where we can help. Working with our partners including FleetCheck, TyreSafe and the engineering team at Mercedes-Benz Vans, we’ve created a free tool to support employers and their drivers in getting ready for the road as the lockdown restrictions are lifted.”

Simon Turner
Campaign Manager
Driving for Better Business

“One of the most important things about managing driver and vehicle safety is the need for a robust audit trail – ensuring all necessary checks are made, nothing gets missed, and everything is recorded.

With the many unique challenges fleets are now facing, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with Driving for Better Business and help develop this valuable resource to support fleet operators through what is an incredibly challenging time.”

Peter Golding
Founder and Managing Director
FleetCheck

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been hard at work supporting all our customers involved in key services to keep their vehicles well maintained and operational. We have always been proud to champion the van community and in this time of extreme need, these heroes have worked tirelessly to keep the country moving. Therefore we’re really pleased to help Driving for Better Business in assisting all those organisations that haven’t been able to work during the lockdown to make sure their vehicles are now fit to be back on the road, and in turn keep their businesses moving.”

Steve Bridge
Managing Director
Mercedes-Benz Vans

“As people start making more use of their cars again, it’s more important than ever they check their tyres before they take a long journey. Tyres don’t like standing around, especially when they’re exposed to the climate and UV rays, which accelerates the ageing process. Ensuring there are no signs of cracking and that air pressures are correct can easily be checked but, if you’re unsure, a tyre retailer will be willing to help.

“It’s imperative drivers do carry out these checks now lockdown has begun to ease and get themselves into the habit of maintaining their tyres on a regular basis. Stay safe – stay tyre safe.”

Stuart Jackson
Chairman
TyreSafe

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