How long should a HGV walk around check take?
There are some sources that say the checks should take at least 15 minutes to complete, but it may take longer than this. The important thing to carry out each of the necessary checks before starting your journey, regardless of how long it takes.
What do I need to check on my HGV?
Check inside the vehicle
- Mirrors and glass. Check that the windscreen is not:
- Windscreen wipers and washers. Make sure the windscreen wipers work.
- Front view. Check that no objects get in the way of your front view.
- Dashboard warning lights and gauges.
- Brakes and air build-up.
- Height marker.
How often should a HGV be inspected?
Often referred to as HGV 6-weekly inspections, these inspections are a legal requirement, the terms of which will be set out during the application process to the Traffic Commissioners office. HGV inspections are required to take place on a regular basis.
When should a driver walk around check be carried out?
We recommend these checks are carried out before the vehicle is driven on the road each day. If more than one driver uses a vehicle during the day, the driver taking charge should make sure it is roadworthy and safe to drive by carrying out their own walkaround check before setting off.
What should you check every time you return to your vehicle?
Every time you drive you should check:
- the windscreen, windows and mirrors are clean.
- all lights work.
- the brakes work.
How often does a HGV need a brake test?
It is normally expected that a vehicle should complete at least three successful brake efficiency tests spread throughout the year in addition to the annual MOT test.
How often does a lorry need mot?
MOT due dates HGVs and buses (including coaches) usually must be tested each year. The first test should be 12 months after the vehicle was first registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency ( DVLA ). Trailers must usually be tested one year after they were first sold or supplied.
How long should a walk round check take?
There is no legal minimum period; however, we would suggest taking between 5 and 10 minutes to carry out a comprehensive check. Some companies adopt policies that drivers’ must take 15 minutes but there is no legal requirement for this specific period.
What is the correct procedure if you find a fault on the vehicle during the walk around check?
If you do find any faults, don’t be tempted to take the vehicle out. Fill in a report card in the ‘Driver Defect Book’ and notify your transport manager or workshop about the issues immediately. Be sure to clearly record your name, the date, vehicle mileage and registration details – and the faults.
How often should vehicle checks be carried out?
|Lightly loaded vehicles – easy operating conditions||13–6 weeks|
|General haulage – trunking||10–5 weeks|
|Arduous work– constant heavy loads||8–4 weeks|
|Vehicle 12 years old or older||6 weeks|
What should every driver do before leaving on a trip?
10 things you need to check in your car before your road trip
- Fluids (oil and coolant) An under-the-bonnet check is first on the list.
- Wheels and tyres.
- Brake pads.
- Drive belts.
- Spare wheel.