Driving vehicles on University business
Much of the University’s work necessitates staff travelling between campuses and to locations both in the UK and overseas. Various modes of transport are use and each has its inherent dangers. For all modes risks have to be controlled, as far as is reasonably practicable, to make journeys as safe as possible. By road, staff may use buses where the operators are responsible for controlling risk. They may also be driving hire cars, University owned or hired vehicles such as vans and minibuses, or even their own cars, where they are individually responsible for controlling the risks associated with driving. Important factors are competence, insurance and vehicle road worthiness. Competence in driving is tested by the government’s Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Insurance is provided by the University, vehicle hire company or staff themselves (ie insurance for business use on their own vehicle). Road worthiness is certified by MOT tests, safety inspections, regular maintenance by competent mechanics and regular driver checks.
More information about University Policy on vehicles, as well as guidance for both managers and employees can be found on the Occupational Health website.