Driving and use of vehicles at work policy
The VGC Group aims to minimise and control the risks involved in driving on VGC Group business.
Arrangements shall consider the wide range of drivers using road vehicles on VGC Group business, the risks and the associated control measures to reduce those risks to as low as is reasonably practical.
All vehicles, whether they are VGC owned, leased or privately owned, must be suitable for the task, be maintained, have the relevant road tax licence and be appropriately insured.
Drivers must have the necessary licence to drive the class/type of vehicle; be familiar with the requirements of the Highway Code and the vehicle being driven. Where appropriate training must be provided in safe practices.
The use of mobile phones and other electronic devices, unless in ‘hands-free mode’ is prohibited whilst driving on VGC Group business. While driving as part of Network rail project activities, the use of mobile phones is prohibited.
The consumption of alcohol, prohibited drugs and substances of abuse while driving or being under the influence of these is prohibited whilst on VGC Group business.
Drivers who have been prescribed or have purchased over-the-counter medication must check whether such medication will affect their ability to drive safely when on VGC Group business. In cases where the medication can have an affect on their safe driving then they shall be prohibited from driving and alternative transport arrangements must be made.
Drivers must report any motor vehicle incidents and any associated injuries sustained while driving on VGC Group business. Drivers must also report any changes to their licence as a result of a medical condition, or endorsements to their licence as a result of an offence under the Road Traffic Act.
At all time, drivers of vehicle, whether VGC owned, leased or privately owned and being used for VGC Group business will ensure they and their passengers comply with the Road Traffic Act and any other legislation that maybe in force at that time.
Laurence McKidd, managing director