HGV Maintenance Systems
The DVSA’s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness states that best practice means that it is not enough to reply on a maintenance system alone, because this cannot ensure that vehicles are roadworthy….you will need to combine good quality maintenance practices and skills with supervision and effective management of the system.
Ultimately the real test of whether a haulier’s systems are adequate will be whether or not its vehicles are kept roadworthy!
Putting in place a maintenance system that is both compliant and above all effective can be a complicated and time-consuming task, especially if you have not done it before or feel that you are being given conflicting guidance from different organisations (or even members of the same organisation – which is not unheard of even from enforcement officers themselves).
At Pellys Transport & Regulatory Law solicitors, we have spent many years showing HGV operators exactly what systems need to be implemented in order to “get them right” but at the same time making sure that the systems and records that are required are themselves are proportionate and appropriate to each operator’s business.