Truck, bus, coach and trailer operators can now benefit from an online service that allows them to check for vehicle recalls, launched by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in April.
The service can be used before or after a vehicle purchase, and will provide the details of any recalls that are in place.
Users need simply enter the vehicle make, model and year of manufacture into the online form. They will then be told what has been recalled, when the recall was issued, and why.
The service also allows users to check for the recall of aftermarket parts.
DVSA has additionally urged fleet managers to ensure that their registered keeper information held by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is up-to-date, so that any recall letters go to the correct address.
“A safety recall letter will include information about the recall, including a description of the problem, and will provide the next steps operators need to take,” said the agency.
“It is vital that operators take note of these letters and take the required action.
“It’s illegal for a dealer to sell a used vehicle with an outstanding safety recall.”
DVSA can force a manufacturer to recall a vehicle if it doesn’t comply voluntarily; and any work resulting from a recall is usually completed free of charge.
“DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their vehicles safe to drive,” said the agency’s head of vehicle safety branch, Ian Bartlett.
“Recalls are vital for making sure dangerous vehicles, including commercial vehicles, are taken off Britain’s roads and fixed.
“The problems an unsafe lorry, bus, coach or trailer can cause means it’s vital you check your vehicle doesn’t have an outstanding safety recall.”
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