A set of van driver safety resources developed by the National Highways Driving for Better Business campaign has been added to Fleetcheck’s Vehicle Inspection App.

The Van Driver Toolkit is designed to provide practical advice about day-to-day safety issues, with topics including winter driving, towing, licences, and speed limits.

Fleetcheck managing director Peter Golding said: “We have a longstanding relationship with Driving for Better Business, which exists to transform fleet road safety in the UK, and are an enthusiastic supporter of their aims.

“Incorporating their advice into a safety inspection app is a fleet industry first, we believe, and we are sure will help van drivers to stay safe while out on the road. It’s a simple yet potentially highly effective innovation.”

The app, which was introduced in 2017, allows drivers and fleet managers to schedule, carry out, confirm, follow up on, and audit a variety of legally-required inspections.

Other features include a fit-to-drive declaration, an option for employees to view documentation and policies, and enhanced damage, defect and collision reporting.

Golding said: “The app has been one of our major success stories of the last few years. There has been a general increase in awareness of the importance of this kind of digital safety check product in the market both among car and commercial vehicle fleets, displacing previous paper-based systems, and we have been well-placed to take advantage of the trend.

“However, there have also been a number of developments emerging during the pandemic that have accelerated usage. Van fleets engaged in round-the-clock delivery of frontline services and increasing numbers of people working from home both need to carry out remote safety checks that can be tracked and audited by their fleet managers. Now, with the emergence of Omicron, it feels as though these features have renewed relevance.

“The Van Driver Toolkit is the latest step in our programme of continual enhancement and has already been enthusiastically embraced by our user base.”