Are Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) checks required for all drivers?
Is seatbelt use mandatory for all passengers in non-school bus transportation?
Are all drivers at least 19 years old, and do they have a minimum of 2 years’ driving experience?
Do drivers hold current licenses appropriate to the vehicles they drive?
Have drivers successfully completed a driver training course specifically designed for the vehicle being driven (car, van, bus, or SUV)?
Does the course include documented classroom curriculum, a written exam, documented minimum of 3 hours of driving practice (additional training time for trailers may be required), and a documented driving exam that demonstrates competency in each class of vehicle?
Does the driver possess current certifications in First Aid and CPR?
Does the organization have a written policy stating that the maximum speed limit for all vehicles is 55 m.p.h., regardless of posted speed limit?
Is the weight limit of passengers and equipment limited to 75 percent of the manufacturer’s recommended Gross Carrying Weight for passengers and trailers?
Does the program prohibit the use of roof racks?
Do drivers using prescription medications have written medical approval by a physician (current within the past 12 months) allowing them to drive the designated vehicle?
Is there a designated staff person responsible for transportation program administration? Responsibilities would include but not be limited to keeping vehicle maintenance records, keeping records of annual vehicle safety inspections (vehicles must be inspected by a certified mechanic), and performing driver training.
Are vehicles inspected daily, and is the inspection documented prior to operation?
There are a number of good driver training classroom courses. They include:
Reprinted with permission from Risk Management News, Vol. 1, 2004, Published by Markel Insurance Co.