Transportation Safety Checklistplanning ahead // on Tuesday May 3, 2016
Is your organization’s transportation policy up-to-speed? Are the proper procedures in place to keep members and volunteers safe and secure?
Find out by answering “Yes” or “No” to the following questions:
- Is there a team or person who oversees the organization’s transportation?
- Do we have a written and clearly communicated “Transportation Policy?”
- Do we pre-select and screen all drivers?
- Do we require drivers to be between the ages of 25-70?
- Do we conduct pre- and post-trip inspections on all church and privately owned vehicles?
- Are trip safety procedures clearly stated to participants prior to each departure?
- Are vehicles equipped with seat belts?
- Is seat belt use mandatory?
- Are vehicles equipped with safety equipment (fire extinguisher, First Aid kit, etc.)?
- Do we have an accident reporting kit in each vehicle?
- Are drivers or trip leaders equipped with cell phones or another method of communication?
- Has our insurance agent been consulted about our transportation plans?
- Does our church have business auto insurance coverage?
- Does our church have non-owned and hired automobile liability coverage?
- Has our church developed a policy regarding the personal use of private vehicles in transportation for church events?
- Have we discussed the serious rollover and crash risk associated with 15-passenger vans?
- Have we considered banning the use of 15-passenger vans or requiring that vans are equipped with proper safety equipment (dual rear wheels and stability control systems)?
- Do we recognize that mini-buses meeting federal school bus standards are among the safest vehicles on the road?
If you answered “No” to any of the above questions, corrective action should be taken as soon as possible, and help keep your members safe by making sure your transportation policies are in tip top shape before they head out on the road.