Andover IVAs delayed by robins

Colin Barnett
May 14, 2020

Andover Trailers reports that its persistence in pressing for remote IVA inspections has paid off, although one vehicle has met with an unexpected delay due to wildlife activity. At least one inspection per day is now being carried out using a smartphone running Microsoft Teams. DVSA representatives are able to direct and watch an Andover engineer walk through the test, demonstrating safety features and confirming dimensions. The current workflow is roughly the same as DVSA’s previous one day per fortnight allocated for on-site inspections.

The halted inspection is on a Volvo FM 8x2 rigid, destined for Paragon Tool Hire. The 32-tonne machinery carrier, with low-profile deck and fold-flat ramps, was chosen by a family of robins as a secure nesting location.

Paragon Tool Hire manager Harry Scarffe said “As reasons go for delaying the delivery of a new vehicle to our fleet, this is certainly a new one! We were delighted to hear that the IVA tests were now able to take place, but after hearing about the nest our first thought was of course to ensure any new chicks were kept safe and sound; we all agreed that the test can wait.”


Andover Trailers MD, Tim Wright, added “It was vital for us as a business to get the IVA testing moving again, particularly on the completed trailers and plant bodies we have sitting in our yard. What we didn’t plan for was a family of robins moving in! Though it has put a much-needed smile on all our faces.”

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Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic and worked on Commercial Motor for 27 years

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