If CVRT test centres were open for business, more than 90 per cent of haulage operators, would present their vehicles for testing within their existing expiry dates, a survey conducted by FTA Ireland has confirmed.FTA Ireland carried out a survey of members between April 24-27. More flexibility within the system to allow operators to present their vehicles for CVRT testing would be welcomed by the majority of commercial fleet operators.
Ensuring vehicles are safe on the road is important to respondents but a significant number are finding it difficult to keep their vehicles within their scheduled servicing regime.
The longer the restrictions on testing and maintenance providers is in place the more likely that this number will increase, according to the survey.
The survey found that 42 per cent of respondents use a mix of in-house and independent service providers to maintain the roadworthiness of their vehicles.
One third use a maintenance provider and just over 19 per cent do their vehicle maintenance in house.
Half (52 per cent) of those that utilise the services of maintenance providers indicate that they are available but on a limited basis. This puts additional strain on businesses that have to adjust their scheduling to ensure that their vehicles are maintained to the highest standards.
Almost a quarter (23 per cent) respondents say that their service provider is only available for call out only Not surprisingly with the restrictions to available services just over 29 per cent of respondents say their vehicles are not been serviced as usual.
This doesn’t mean there are significant gaps in servicing scheduling. it just means that there are restrictions to availability of the service, which means that vehicles are taking longer to be serviced
95 per cent of members have vehicles due Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test during the period that CVRT centres are closed between April and July 2020