Andover IVAs delayed by robins

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.”

Covid-19: Useful on-line advice for tipper operators and rental sector

Tipper operators and vehicle rental and leasing companies are the beneficiaries of new Covid-19 advice resources.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published two handy 20-page pocket guides to dealing with the Covid-19 situation, which will be of benefit to tipper operators and drivers. Aimed at employees and managers respectively, the well-illustrated guides are based around “10 rules of engagement” in the battle against the virus throughout the working day.

As well as information relevant to static workers, sections also cover use of vehicles and procedures at customer premises. The guides can be downloaded from and are supported by a range of informative posters.

The BVRLA has published an operating guide to support those working in the vehicle rental and leasing sectors as businesses in England start to resume operations following lockdown. Its 20-page guide provides sector-specific advice tailored for BVRLA members and others operating in the industry, helping them to resume business in a way that protects employees and customers. The sector has been playing a vital role during the crisis by keeping key workers mobile, often at short notice.

The Guide to Operating during the Covid-19 Pandemic is available as a free download, while the BVRLA Covid-19 Business Advice web page also contains useful information.