FPC Driver Policy

FPC Driver Policy

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Rev. June 2016

DRIVER POLICY

First Presbyterian Church is committed to protecting the safety of our employees, volunteers, and the general public by making safe driving a way of operating. To accomplish this we have adopted the following requirements for employees and volunteers who drive on church business.

These policies apply equally to employees and volunteers who drive church owned or leased vehicles and to those employees and volunteers who operate personal vehicles for church business.

In summary our policy requires that:
• A current copy of the driver’s Tennessee Driver’s License and proof of insurance of all drivers must be made and kept on file in with the Church Administrator
• Driver must be age 25 or older
• Every-first time driver of the church bus must check with the Church Administrator for orientation before attempting to drive
• Vehicles are not to be operated unless in a safe operating condition
• Drivers must always be physically and mentally able to drive safely
• Drivers must conform to all traffic laws and make allowances for adverse weather or traffic conditions
• Respect the rights of other drivers and pedestrians
• Drivers may not use drugs or alcohol, or be under the influence of drugs (including some prescription and over-the-counter medications) or alcohol, while operating a vehicle owned or leased by the church or when driving their own vehicle on church business

  • GENERAL:

    Reservations for use of the bus should be made with the Church Administrator or designate. Drivers of the church bus must utilize the Maintenance Checklist posted in the bus over the driver’s seat. Mileage should be calculated and recorded at end of trip. Any observation of maintenance needs should be reported to Church Administrator. Keys are picked up and returned at the Church Administrative Office. It is the responsibility of the driver to return the bus with a full tank of gas after each use. THE DRIVER IS RESPONSIBLE for returning the bus clear of all trash and swept clean. Use trash bags found in compartment over driver.

  • ACCIDENTS:

    All accidents are to be reported to the church administrator within twenty-four (24) hours after the accident occurs. All accidents will be reviewed and a determination made as to preventability. A preventable accident is defined as an accident in which the driver failed to do everything possible to avoid the accident. In the event of an accident, the driver must obtain documentation from the investigating officer.

  • MVR STANDARDS:

    Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) will be checked on all employees and volunteers who drive for church business. The MVR will be reviewed to confirm that the driver holds a valid drivers license of the correct type and that their driving record is within the standards established by the church.

    DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR DRIVERS

    Unacceptable Drivers

    Driving privileges may be suspended or terminated if an employee’s record indicates an unacceptable number of accidents or violations. Should an employee’s record fall into the insurance carrier’s guidelines of an “unacceptable driver” the employee’s employment could be terminated if the employee’s position requires the employee to drive on company business. An unacceptable driver is determined by applying the following evaluation based on the current MVR of prospective and current drivers:

    • One (1) or more type ‘A’ violations in the past 3 years (as defined below),
    • Three (3) or more accidents (regardless of fault) in the last 3 years,
    • Three (3) or more ‘B’ violations in the past 3 years (as defined below), or
    • Any combination of accidents and type ‘B’ violations which equal Four (4) or more in the past 3 years.

    Type ‘A’ Violations

    • Driving While Intoxicated
    • Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, including implied consent
    • Negligent Homicide Arising out of the use of a Motor Vehicle (gross negligence)
    • Operating During a period of Suspension or Revocation
    • Using a Motor Vehicle for commission of a Felony
    • Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle
    • Operating a Motor Vehicle Without the Owners’ Authority (grand theft)
    • Permitting an Unlicensed Person to Drive
    • Reckless Driving
    • Speed Contest (racing)
    • Speeding in excess of 25 MPH over the speed limit
    • Hit and Run (Bodily Injury or Property Damage)
    • Fleeing a law enforcement office
    • Passing a school bus taking on or discharging passengers
    • Perjury, or giving false information on the use or ownership of an automobile, or for the issuance of a driver license
    • A felony that involves the use of an automobile

    Type ‘B’ Violations

    • Any type of driving infraction (other than Type ‘A’ Violation) involving the employee that resulted in a citation or ticket
    • Any type of at fault vehicle-related accident
    • Any type of vehicle-related citation because the driver was responsible
    • Failure to report an accident
    • Miscellaneous traffic violations failing to maintain control, improper control, etc., or any offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle not herein specified
    • Following emergency vehicles unlawfully
    • Failure to obey traffic instructions
    • Passing where prohibited
    • Driving wrong way, on wrong side or in wrong direction
    • Following improperly
    • Failing to yield the right-of-way
    • Making improper turn
    • Failure to signal intention to change vehicle direction

    Any employee convicted of a moving violation while operating a company vehicle or a personal vehicle on company business will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination.

  • HAND-HELD CELL PHONE USE PROHIBITED:

    Effective January 3, 2012, the Department of Transportation issued a regulatory update which prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The ban applies to CMVs designed or used to transport;

    A) more than 15 passengers, not for compensation, and/or
    B) between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), not for direct compensation.

    Penalties for Noncompliance: Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. This penalty is the sole responsibility of the offending driver. First Presbyterian Church is not liable.

  • RADAR/LASER DETECTORS:

    The use of radar or laser detectors is prohibited in all vehicles owned, leased, or used on church business. Drivers using these devices may have their driving privileges revoked.

    PASSENGERS: Hitchhikers are not permitted.

    SEAT BELT: Seat belts must be worn whenever the vehicle is in motion.

    SECURING CARGO: Cargo will be secured and all doors locked while driving and while the vehicle is parked.

    TOWING: At no time will any church owned or leased vehicle be used to tow any trailer or equipment unless such vehicle is specifically designed for towing, is rated for the required towing capacity and has a permanently mounted towing hitch installed. Any towing must have the prior approval of the church administrator or a duly appointed person.

  • First Presbyterian Church is committed to protecting the safety of our employees, volunteers, and the general public by making safe driving a way of operating. To accomplish this we have adopted requirements for employees and volunteers who drive on church business. These policies apply equally to employees and volunteers who drive church owned or leased vehicles and to those employees and volunteers who operate personal vehicles for church business.

  • A reminder: you are required to submit a copy of your valid Driver's License and proof of auto insurance.
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