May 01, 2023

Do You Need a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report?

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As a fleet manager or somebody who drives as part of their job, you must be up to date on all road safety compliance behaviours and responsibilities, including driver vehicle inspection reports.

In this blog we’ll be taking a look at what this type of report is, what it consists of, and why it’s so important.

Driver Vehicle Inspection Report

A driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) or driver walk around check (UK), is an assessment of key components of a commercial vehicle's health.

These checks must be completed in order to report necessary safety procedures have been carried out by the driver for a commercial or professional vehicle.

Any faults found must be immediately reported to the relevant person by the staff member carrying out the safety compliance checks.

When Does a DVIR Need to be Done?

For best practice, a DVIR or driver walk around check should be done first thing in the morning and last thing in the working day, to bookend the vehicle’s state.

What Do these Checks Consist Of?

Daily walk around checks can be as simple or complex as a company requires, some common inclusions are:

Why are Driver Walk Around Checks Important?


By inspecting the vehicle regularly, operators can identify any potential safety hazards or issues before they become serious problems, this can help prevent accidents and injuries.


Many industries and regulatory bodies require regular safety checks on vehicles to ensure they meet certain standards and comply with regulations. Following DVSA vehicle checklist can help businesses comply with these requirements and avoid penalties.

Cost savings

Regular maintenance and inspections can help identify issues early on, which can prevent breakdowns and reduce repair costs over time. By catching potential problems early, businesses can avoid more costly repairs and reduce downtime, which can help improve productivity and profitability.


Regular inspections and maintenance can help extend the life of vehicles, which can help businesses get more value from their investment.

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How can Telematics Help?

Telematics can help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of driver walk around checks by providing real-time data and insights on the performance and condition of vehicles and equipment.

Telematics systems gather GPS tracking and vehicle specific data to transfer via means including- cellular network, satellite communication, mobile data, and GPRS to a central server. The data collated is then analysed and transcribed into specific metrics for the fleet manager to interpret via our Fleetsmart app or website.

Here are some ways that telematics can enhance driver walk around checks:

Remote monitoring

Telematics allows operators and managers to monitor equipment performance and condition remotely, using a computer or mobile device. This can help identify issues early and avoid breakdowns or safety hazards.

Predictive maintenance

Telematics data can be used to predict when maintenance is required based on real-time performance data, rather than relying on traditional maintenance schedules. This can help avoid unnecessary maintenance and reduce downtime.

Automated alerts

Telematics can be programmed to send automated alerts to operators and managers when maintenance is required, or when a fault is detected. This can help ensure prompt attention to issues, even when operators are busy or away from the equipment.

Performance analysis

Telematics data can be analysed to identify trends and patterns in equipment performance, which can help optimise operations and improve productivity. For example, data on fuel consumption can be used to identify inefficient driving practices and reduce fuel costs.

Fleetsmart Telematics

It’s proven that Telematics can help boost productivity, employee efficiency and fleet operations as a whole; all the while reducing detention, idling, hazardous driver behaviour, fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance costs.

Fleetsmart offer a range of the latest Telematics technology at extremely cost effective prices with scalable options starting from just £6.95 per vehicle per month. With a clear multitude of performance enhancing and money saving reasons to implement telematics to your vehicles, now might be the time to upgrade your fleet.