If you haven’t given much thought to the topic of HGV drivers, we’re here to enlighten you some more. HGV drivers depend on the expertise within this field so that they can not only keep themselves safe, but they can also ensure that countless other road users are 100% safe. And in most cases, it takes more than just their overall skill to keep everyone on the safe path; you’ll need to ensure that all HGVs are kept in perfect working conditions.
One of the key steps to achieving all of this is to ensure that safety inspections are carried out. Our article, put together by Easy As HGV, dives further into the HGV world.
Why Do You Need An Annual Safety Inspection?
Simply put, HGV’s are not only massive but they can be somewhat complicated at times. And since they’re state-of-the-art machines with endless moving parts and systems, you’ll need to ensure that they are all working in perfect harmony. If some issue should occur, this can result in several problems occurring with your vehicle. Even if you have a small problem, it can result in a loss of the braking system or even an inefficient supply of fuel going to the engine; and sometimes, various other things can suddenly all go wrong.
When it comes to your HGV inspection, they need to be inspected annually in order to ensure that they are 100% safe. And this inspection guarantees that your vehicle is suited to legally stay on the road. So, when an HGV passes its inspection, it is safe for yet another year. Most drivers who have been a part of the inspection process know how important and thorough the entire process is and we all know it is for the best reason.
What Gets Checked?
If you’re an HGV driver, you’ll know by now that you’re supposed to ensure that you perform walkaround checks each day. In essence, this is one of the easiest yet efficiently standard check that you can ever do and in no time, it will become part of your daily routine. When it comes to the annual check, an assigned inspector will actually be the one examining the vehicle for you. And they will ensure that your vehicle is in good condition to pass the minimum standards.
As the inspector performs his checks, he will check the following areas:
- Your vehicle’s identity will be checked against a VTG6 plate.
- The inspector will ensure that your mirror fairings are properly secured and in great condition.
- Both passenger and driver doors are also checked in order to ensure that they can open and close in a secure manner.
- Tyre rating and size are also checked in order to ensure that they are in excellent condition.
- Spray suppressors are also checked to ensure that they are accurately sized.
- Fog lights, indicators, headlights, and repeaters are thoroughly checked to make sure that they are not only aligned properly but to also ensure that they work properly.
At this particular part of the inspection process, each visible part of the vehicle is thoroughly checked. And the driver also accompanies the inspector as he carries out his job around the vehicle and inside the cab as well. In essence, these checks are actually part of the routine for a driver, so if anything were to fall apart, you should have caught on already.
As soon as the upper section is inspected, the HGV is moved into the pit so its underside can be also examined. And they will examine the following parts:
- Alignment of the axle
- HGV steering
- The functionality of the air brake system
- Foot breaks
- Potential fuel and oil leaks
- Shaker plated
Inspectors who perform annual inspections are highly trained and can spot even the slightest indication of loosened bolts, wear and tear and various warning indications. So, don’t be so quick to think that they are overly rigorous because when it comes to keeping the road safe, there is absolutely no such thing as too rigorous!