If you use or hire a van to help with your move then the following should be taken note of, or if you are using a Removals Company for your Move then the following is a list of safety checks that the company should be carrying out.
It is the law that as a driver you have to satisfy yourself that every vehicle that you drive is legal and roadworthy. This is the responsibility of the vehicle owner but equally the driver must satisfy himself/ herself of the legality of the vehicle before driving it.
In the case of a major accident this checking and recording could be a major factor in fault mitigation.
To this end Move Assured are sharing the guidance on how to comply with these requirements on a daily basis when driving a van.
Driving a van: daily walkaround check
1.Inside the van
Check that the:
foot or service brake works correctly and doesn’t have any excessive travel
hand or parking brake works correctly and doesn’t have any excessive travel
1.2 Horn and steering
Check that the:
horn control is easily accessible from driver’s seat
horn works when its control is operated
steering has no excessive play
all lights and indicators work correctly
all lenses are present, clean and are the right colour
stop lamps come on when the service brake is applied and go out when released
marker lights are present and work
all dashboard warning lamps work correctly, including:
automatic braking system (ABS)
airbags – supplemental restraint system (SRS)
electronic positioning system (EPS)
full beam headlamp warning lamp
parking brake warning lamp
1.4 Mirrors and glass
all mirrors that should be there are properly aligned and secure
your view of the road in all directions isn’t obscured by damaged or discoloured glass, or obstructions, eg stickers
1.5 Seats and seat belts
seats are secure
seat belts operate correctly and are free from cuts and damage
1.6 Washers and wipers
wipers move continually when switched on
wiper blades aren’t so deteriorated that they don’t clear the windscreen effectively when used with washers
washers point at the windscreen and are operational
washer fluid is topped up.
2. Outside the van
Check that the:
battery is held securely in place by the correct means and not cables
battery is not leaking
2.2 Fluids, fuel and oil
the brake fluid, engine coolant, engine oil, power steering fluid, wind screen washer fluid and water levels are correct
the fuel filler cap is securely fitted
there are no brake fluid, power steering fluid and water leaks by looking for puddles on the ground – if leaks are detected, trace the cause
With the engine on, check underneath the van for any fuel and oil leaks – look for puddles on the ground.
2.3 Bodywork and doors
all doors shut properly and are secure when closed
there isn’t any damage or sharp edges
no body panels are loose or in danger of falling off
Check that the exhaust doesn’t emit excessive amounts of smoke.
Ensure that all sections of the exhaust are securely fixed.
2.5 Tyres and wheels
Check as much of your tyres and wheels as you can see. There must be:
a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm
sufficient inflation of each tyre
no deep cuts in the sidewall
no cord visible anywhere on the tyre
no missing or insecure wheel-nuts
You can get 3 penalty points on your licence for each tyre that isn’t safe and legal.
any load is adequately secured
the van doors have an effective locking device
2.7 Tow bars and tail lifts
If that sounds like a lot to contend with then why not book a professional company to do your Move.