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Brake warns of 'tragic' impact of ignoring vehicle maintenance

Mechanic working on underside of car

Failure to comply with basic vehicle standards can result in tragic consequences, according to the latest report released by Brake’s Global Fleet Champions.

Vehicle maintenance and mechanics’ outlines the consequences of not complying with vehicle standards and explains how to improve maintenance and checking procedures to ensure vehicles remain a valuable resource.

The report outlines that regular checking and servicing of safety-critical components such as brakes and tyres can fix small problems early on, removing the need for costly repairs and expensive insurance claims.

John Eastman from the Institute of Road Transport Engineers believes that fleet managers should take a systematic approach towards the maintenance of vehicles. He said that preventative maintenance has several benefits, not least the improved safety, reliability and wellbeing of people who drive for work and other road users.

The report also features advice from Autoglass, who advises fleet managers on how to effectively maintain advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) to ensure the technology works effectively.

Jeremy Rochfort, national sales manager for Autoglass said: “The adoption rate of ADAS in fleet vehicles is much higher as fleet cars tend to be newer and come with up-to-date safety features. However, our research shows that keeping up to date with technology ranks low down on fleet decision-maker's priorities.

“That’s why we’re committed to educating the fleet industry on the importance of ADAS calibration and investing in our technical expertise and capabilities to ensure we can match the rising demand for these services.”

The report follows the recent release of the road safety report launched by Brake.

Global Fleet Champions is a not-for-profit global campaign to prevent crashes and reduce pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes.

Find out more at https://globalfleetchampions.org/

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