Driving is the activity that presents the greatest potential risk for accidents in Gazyk. To minimize this risk and ensure that worldwide standards for driving qualification and practices are followed, this driving policy applies to all Gazyk organizations. This policy also provides the foundation for building a driver improvement program. The following shall be implemented in all locations. Journey management and driving standards shall document details of the requirements in each program. For helping organizations be compliant with this policy, management shall produce a time-bound implementation plan.
Driver training and qualification
Only approved personnel and contractors are allowed to drive vehicles on behalf of Gazyk, including company-owned or leased vehicles, vehicles rented for business purposes, and when claiming kilometer/mileage allowance. Approval is granted to drivers who have taken defensive driving training every three years and commentary driver training annually. These training programs must be documented.
As a condition of employment, all employees and contractors must wear seat belts at all times when driving a vehicle, and they must ensure that all other vehicle occupants are also wearing seat belts.
All locations shall have in place an active journey management program that complies with the applicable standard. Each location’s journey management program shall address all local driving conditions and identified risks.
Driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any drugs or narcotics is strictly prohibited and subject to disciplinary action including termination as stated in the Gazyk Substance Abuse Policy.
Driver improvement monitors
An approved driver improvement monitor shall be installed in all vehicles designed for road use that are owned, leased, or subcontracted by Gazyk. All locations shall adopt a program for regularly reviewing the data gathered by the monitors and using that data to continually improve driver skills. Management must be actively involved in the implementation of this program.
Drivers should neither initiate nor answer a cellular phone call or message while driving a vehicle, regardless of whether a hands-free device is available or not. Cellular phones may be left on during a trip to alert the driver of an incoming call or message; however, the vehicle must be brought to a complete and safe stop before responding.
Violations of this policy can result in disciplinary action.