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Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer Drivers

Hi, I wondered if I could seek your advice/thoughts on training for volunteer drivers and safety checks. I have recently had a complaint about the standard of driving of one of our volunteers. The drivers use their own vehicles. We have decided to request the volunteer to undertake a drive-check, carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). This is not a test or an assessment, merely observed driving with a report to the driver on safety. We need to show we have carried out a risk assessment on this driver and this seemed an ideal way. I have been out with the driver myself and felt comfortable, but I am not qualified, besides being a driver myself, to make a judgment on safe driving (I could be an appalling driver, who knows!)

I wondered if anyone else carries out driving assessments on new drivers or just if a concern is raised? This has also now raised the issue of roadworthiness of the drivers own cars and whether we should make it part of our policy that in order to become a volunteer with us the drivers have to agree to have their cars serviced regularly.…