Vehicle maintenance statistics
In a 2011 survey of 4,919 HCV and PBC vehicles on the road conducted by the Road Safety Authority in Ireland, 48% of vehicles had defects, with 32% having serious defects that would otherwise warrant impoundment or immediate repair. Common areas include: Brakes, Lights, Markings, Tires, Wheels, Suspension, Steering, and Body
On top of this, of 1,000 randomly sampled commercial vehicles aged 5 years, only 70% of required tests were even conducted. The movement of people, goods and services is increasing: a blaring global trend that is only projected to increase. With large growth, increased economic pressure and demanding deadlines, it is the unfortunate truth that heavy commercial and public service vehicle owners feel they have no choice but to cut corners on maintenance, repairs and inspections in order to lower costs and gain an advantage in the market.
South Africa is also reporting similar figures. The Retail Motor Industry Association released numbers in 2011 revealing 45% of vehicles on the roads were older than 10 years old, with many not properly maintained. The case for reform is obvious: defective vehicles are numerous and dangerous.
What is happening?
While many countries already have vehicle safety policies in place, many of them are outdated, not properly enforced or simply absent. In an attempt to crack down on unsafe commercial vehicles that remain on the road today, the Road Safety Authority in Ireland have taken a leading step forward with their roadworthiness reform program that implements a series of changes to both operator and driver compliance while also enforcing stricter regulation regarding roadside checks. Some highlights of this reform include:
- Keep vehicle in a safe and well-maintained state.
- 12 months worth of maintenance records, electronic & written must be kept and accessible at all times.
- Daily walk around inspections of vehicle worthiness.
- Online annual self-declarations of fleet and maintenance compliance.
- Increase in roadside checks, fleet inspections and vehicle maintenance.
In Canada, enterprise vehicle safety standards are being revised to accommodate stricter regulations that will save lives through more effective vehicle maintenace. The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario is implementing new changes to vehicle inspections that align with updated National Safety Code Standards. Effective January 1st 2015 annual and semi annual inspections will include increased testing of anti-lock brake systems, after-market window tinting and vehicle records among others.
In the state of Victoria in Australia, new regulations effective December 2012 require a Certificate of Roadworthiness for any vehicles being sold, or re-registered. The certificate is only issues by licensed vehicle testers, and indicates a vehicle that is “free of wear or deterioration or alterations that would make it unsafe for normal use on the road” as a result of effective vehicle maintenance.
Wondering where to start? Start here!
As this and other reforms, like those proposed by the Road Safety Authority in Ireland (See here), move forward through 2013 and into 2014, the time is now to start asking questions regarding the readiness of your organization to meet these criteria. When the inspectors arrive at the door, they will ask the following:
- Are daily, weekly or monthly checks actually being carried out on time, if at all?
- Do you have a system in place that can efficiently plan routine and scheduled maintenance?
- Does a system exist that effectively records repair data and work logs or are you relying solely on memory, loose papers and verbal communication?
Change begins with equipment owners and service managers. Change begins with a scalable system designed to tackle expanding markets, increased fleet sizes and quick and effective work order management. But the solution doesn’t have to be some complex behemoth piece of software. It can be a simple web based maintenance management solution. Try our CMMS test drive and see how a web based maintenance management system can:
- Create scheduled and preventative maintenance cycles
- Generate on-the-fly work orders in under 15 seconds
- Organize and store all work records for easy access
- Produce custom reports with rich facility metrics
With these questions in mind, the real aim of the reform becomes clear: to spark an increase in maintenance operations across the commercial vehicle sector, and save lives as a result. Alongside readiness for policy change, the benefits of using a computerized maintenance management software in your facility are obvious: lower repair costs, organized and tracked maintenance and above all, safer vehicles. Of all things commercial vehicles owners can do to gain the upper hand in today’s economic environment, this is the most important.
Source of Report – Road Safety Authority, Ireland.
Disclaimer – None of the information above is legal advice and it should not be taken as such.