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Kwik-Fit launches vehicle checks to help fleets meet duty of care laws

14 December 2009

Kwik-Fit Fleet is expanding its range of services with the New Year launch of Vehicle Health Checks to help companies comply with duty of care legislation.

A Vehicle Health Check pilot has been running with two fleet customers and the new service will be launched to both outright purchase fleets and contract hire and leasing companies from January 2010.

The Vehicle Health Checks are being launched to meet fleet customer demand to help them with their occupational road risk management compliance obligations under health and safety legislation.

Vehicle Health Checks will be carried out on company cars and vans in customers’ car parks and they build on client demand for Kwik-Fit Fleet’s long established Tyre Safety Checks, which now number close on 300,000 a year.

Once complete the individual Vehicle Health Check report sheet is signed by the Kwik-Fit Mobile technician and handed to the fleet manager.

Oil and windscreen washer fluid levels will be topped up on site. However, if further repair and maintenance work is required, the employer will be recommended to ensure that the vehicle is taken into a Kwik-Fit centre as soon as possible.

Simon Lucas, operations director of Kwik-Fit Fleet said: “Companies may think they have a vehicle maintenance policy in place, but it is not being followed by drivers in many cases."

The cost will be £20 for the Kwik-Fit Mobile technician to visit a site and then £20 per vehicle inspected. While initially targeted at company cars and vans, the Vehicle Health Check could in the future be extended to privately-owned vehicles driven on business.