Driving has the potential to cause death or serious injury. It is an activity that staff may undertake for work purposes, even if only occasionally. We believe that managing risks arising from driving for work is the joint responsibility of the Company and individual personnel.
Strategic Corrosion Management has a responsibility to ensure that persons who drive in connection with the business of the company maintain a high standard of driving, in a safe and legal vehicle, and by doing so reduce the risk of death, serious injury or prosecution to themselves and other road users.
This policy applies to the use of company vehicles, lease and hire vehicles and private vehicles when used for work purposes. It does not apply to commuting to and from the normal place of work, or to driving activities under the control of the individual in private use. However, all individuals who drive are encouraged to familiarize themselves with good practice.
The company will seek to ensure that:
- All statutory legislation relating to driving, the use of vehicles, and medical fitness to drive is complied with;
- The requirements of the Highway Code are complied with;
- Best practice in relation to: driving standards, journey planning, rest breaks and restrictions on the use of mobile communication devices such as radios and mobile phones, is promoted;
- Adequate resources are made available for the implementation of the policy.
Key procedural points are as follows:
Company drivers are deemed to be:
- Drivers of company owned or leased vehicles and of hire vehicles;
- OR individuals who are required to drive (any vehicle, including private cars) by their job description or terms & conditions of contract;
- OR who frequently drive company personnel on official journeys.
i) Personnel who are designated as 'Company Drivers' must complete a Driver Record Form, and submit this with their documentation (driving license, and where appropriate, insurance and MOT certificates) to their supervisor for verification.
ii) Company Drivers must inform their supervisor if they are convicted of a driving-related offence or have a medical condition that makes them unfit to drive.
iii) Company Drivers must attend driver awareness training when requested (drivers of hire cars excepted), and where appropriate, specialist vehicle training.
iv) Other personnel who drive a privately-owned vehicle for work purposes must ensure that they have valid insurance for business use, that the vehicle has a valid tax disc and MOT (where applicable), and that the vehicle is roadworthy.
v) All drivers must inform their supervisor if they are involved in a driving accident whilst driving on company business.
vi) All vehicles owned, leased or hired by the company must be suitable for use, maintained in a roadworthy condition, and periodically checked for defects by a company representative.
Ian RJ Cordingley
Managing Director - Strategic Corrosion Management