The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has partnered together with the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to call on fleet operators in the UK to check if their vehicles have an outstanding safety recall.
Already, the SMMT’s Vehicle Safety Recalls Service has been used by more than 2.3 million drivers who now have the peace of mind that their vehicles are safe and road-worthy.
Safety recalls are issued by vehicle manufacturers and notify owners that their vehicle may have a problem and need to be rectified by an authorised repairer.
It is an important tool for health and safety first and foremost, but the service would be extremely useful for UK fleet operators because it would also make their own businesses more efficient, while also checking that all their vehicles are compliant.
The DVSA has worked closely with manufacturers to deliver a successful vehicle safety recall process. That being said, when a vehicle transfers between owners, recalls can be missed; this led to SMMT and its members developing a consumer-facing online look-up service so individual drivers could check for themselves.
This service now meets specific commercial needs because fleet operators need to know that a vehicle with an outstanding recall service could see insurance voided; if operators and businesses sell vehicles with an outstanding safety recall, they could be prosecuted.
It puts the onus on fleet operators to check vehicles for an outstanding safety recall, which has been made easier because of the SMMT’s fleet-dedicated Vehicle Safety Recall Service version.
The Chief Executive of SMMT, Mike Hawes, commented: “The UK vehicle recall process is one of the most robust in the world, and manufacturers are committed to ensuring vehicles remain safe throughout their lifecycles, constantly striving to make the process even better.
“Our vehicle safety recall tool has already given peace of mind to millions of consumers and now it is supporting businesses, helping to keep fleets and retailers compliant, and vehicles safe on the road by enabling entire fleets to be checked quickly and safely.”
It is another vital step in ensuring fleet safety, which follows a recent study about tyre failure.