Jan 17, 2023

A Guide to DVSA Fleet Vehicle Checklist for 2024

Here at Fleetsmart we have the UK’s number one Telematics tracking system and app, we also aim to educate and inform all of our customers on their fleet vehicle operational needs and requirements.

In this blog we’re going to be taking a look at the current DVSA Fleet Vehicle Checklist.

What is The DVSA?

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is an executive agency extension of the Department for Transport branch of the UK government.

DVSA Fleet Checklist

The DVSA has a mandatory vehicle checklist for fleet operators and business owners in order to comply with regulations and make sure your vehicle cohort is roadworthy and compliant in accordance with government guidelines and manufacturer recommendations.

As a fleet operator you should:

Start everyday with a ‘walkaround’ check before any vehicle is used in order to record any potential defects ( a vehicle walkaround check should always include the inside and outside of a vehicle, checking:

A driver or operator must report any defects identified during a walkaround check immediately, recording the vehicle's registration number, details of the issue, your name and the person you are reporting to.

Maintain Your Vehicles

Keep Records

As mentioned above, keeping records and appropriate documentation can be a vital part of providing any company with veracity.

The types of relevant documents include a history of:

(Bonus tip - check all drivers have relevant licencing and qualifications to be fleet operational)

Educate And Test Drivers

It often proves prudent to efficiently train and educate drivers to a high standard regarding road legality and operational matters, regularly testing their newly acquired knowledge and skill will maintain performance.

Enhance Safety And Minimise Costs

Fitting vehicular upgrades such as parking sensors and speed limiters can increase safety while reducing outgoings, a win-win situation for business operators.

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How Telematics Can Help

Monitored informatics and fleet tracking technology, known as Telematics, can assist fleet operations in a myriad of ways, including:

Proactive Preventative Maintenance

A Telematics system can gauge potential maintenance needs and allow for repair time to be allocated in advance rather than cut into productivity hours. Early detection of issues can lead to preventative maintenance, saving time and money as well as meeting crucial third party vehicle safety compliance requirements.

Boost Safety

Engine and performance metrics are all actively monitored and stored for retrospective analysis, this includes flagging any hazardous behaviour, this can help educate employees or change your own bad driving habits.

Save Fuel

Telematics can allow for more effective journey planning and rapid alternative route selection, all contributing to a greater fuel economy.

Discounted Insurance Premiums

You may be rewarded for taking the proactive preventive measure of vehicle tracking by your insurance providers. Many insurers see asset tracking as a means of theft prevention and an asset recovery tool.


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

Here at Fleetsmart we are the UK’s #1 vehicle tracking app and system. Fleetsmart offer a range of the latest Telematics and dash cam technology at extremely cost effective prices with scalable options starting from just £6.95 per vehicle per month.