SNN values the service of all volunteers who transport service users. SNN regards all its volunteers as responsible people on whom is placed the onus of deciding their suitability for driving safely. To help volunteers meet this responsibility SNN ask them to commit themselves to the following:
- To transport a service user in a vehicle covered by at least third party insurance and to ensure that the vehicle is properly maintained and roadworthy. To ensure that the vehicle is taxed and has passed a MOT should the vehicle be of an age when this is required.
- To hold a full driving licence
- To ensure that they and their passenger(s) are wearing seatbelts
- To review their voluntary service as a driver where a change in health significantly reduces the probability of safe driving. If necessary medical advice should be sought. After the age of 70 periodic renewals of the driving licence formalises this review, but personal health should be a concern for all drivers regardless of age
- To discuss with a SNN officer (Chairperson, Treasurer or Secretary) any problem that arises with insurance, health or licensing
- Volunteers are responsible for informing their car insurance provider that they are undertaking voluntary work using their own car and being reimbursed for expenses only. The Association of British Insurers website www.abi.org.uk/Insurance-and-savings/Products/Motor-insurance/Volunteer-drivers gives information.
This statement formalises the commitments that our volunteers undertake.
This policy will be reviewed at the first meeting of the incoming Management Committee each year. It will also be reviewed in response to changes in relevant legislation, contractual arrangements, good practice or in response to an identified failing in its effectiveness.
Date adopted and approved by the SNN Management Committee.
5th September 2016
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