(1) This policy sets down the safety principles that are to be followed when motor vehicle users are authorised to use a motor vehicle for University purposes.
(2) The purpose of this policy is to promote the safety of University employees by actively supporting safe driving practices and responsible decision-making in relation to travel for work.
(3) This policy applies to motor vehicle users authorised to drive a motor vehicle for University purposes.
(4) Where possible, technological facilities such as video-conferencing and teleconferencing are to be considered as an option to reduce travel between campuses.
(5) Normally, authorised motor vehicle users will not be required to drive for more than 10 hours in any 24 hour period, or drive and work for more than 10 hours in any 24 hour period.
(6) Drivers must:
(7) Where an employee breaches the conditions of clause 6, it may be considered misconduct or serious misconduct by the University and will be dealt with accordingly.
(8) Journeys should be planned and consideration given to the following:
(9) Where driving times are likely to exceed the hours stated in clause (5), or a self-assessment indicates a need to rest, drivers should consider breaking their travel with overnight accommodation.
(10) Where practical, driving should be shared on longer journeys.
(11) Where driving is to be shared, a changeover in drivers should occur at each rest break. In these circumstances, each driver should not exceed eight hours driving time in any 24 hour period.
(12) If an accident occurs, state legal requirements are to be observed and, on return to the University, an Incident, Accident and Hazard Report must be completed. The Manager, Workplace Health & Safety is to be advised if any injury occurs as a result of the accident.
(13) The University may seek a contribution from employees driving a University vehicle where third party damages or any other expense result from a motor vehicle accident while driving a University vehicle.