Has the COVID 19 pandemic affected your fleet vehicles?
With the pandemic caused by the COVID 19 restrictions being lifted by many nations, the lasting effects of are starting to appear. The most pressing one is the safety of the vehicles in your fleet that have been idle due to the lockdowns and restrictions imposed on the business world in an attempt to stop the spread of this deadly virus. If you are now able to begin operation make sure that you have contacted your broker and that your
How long can a vehicle sit idle and still be roadworthy?
Fleet vehicles in the business world are in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and engines. What they all have in common is the use of batteries, electrical systems, rubber and synthetic seals, tires and other components that are affected by non-use.
The exact time one of those systems becoming faulty is dependent on where the vehicles have been parked, the age of the vehicles and how well the vehicles were maintained before the garages were emptied of personnel who took care of them.
The first components to be affected by idle time are the batteries beginning at 2 weeks with less power followed by the tires and seals that could be damaged in a month.
Making fleet vehicles operational again
Once the lockdown and restrictions have been lifted in your area, the first step to mobilising your fleet vehicles is to inspect each one to ensure they are roadworthy.
Getting your motor of van fleet operational again will require the maintenance departments doing inspections. You should also be ready for having to wait on necessary parts because the supply chain has been negatively affected by the pandemic. Also, remember to reactivate your commercial fleet insurance that was put on hold due to the fleet being idle.