Date Prepared: November 2022

Pre-Trip Safety Procedure for vehicles other than buses and Driver Drug, Alcohol and Fatigue Self-Assessment

Drivers, whether TSP drivers or individual drivers, will inspect their vehicles before the first trip on each operating day, excluding buses, using the checklist below.  These drivers can use another pre-trip vehicle safety inspection process, if agreed with d@rt.

Drivers, whether TSP drivers or individual drivers, will self-assess their fitness to drive before the first trip on each operating day using the drug, alcohol, and fatigue criteria. These drivers can use another self-assessment process, if agreed with d@rt.

ACTIONS

  1. Follow normal procedures to check oil, fuel, and water levels.
  2. A visual check will be made to ensure that:
  • tyres are inflated with close-to-equal pressure and have a legal tread depth with no uneven wear wheel nuts (where they can be seen) are in place and the wheels appear undamaged
  • Damaged mirrors
  • Light and indicator lenses are not cracked, or broken headlights work on both high and low beam and lenses are not cracked or broken
  • windscreen washers and wipers operate satisfactorily
  • no obvious oil, fuel leaks
  • All warning signs e.g. “No smoking”, QR code, are in place
  • safety belts are in good condition
  • there is no obvious damage to the vehicle that could be considered dangerous

  1. Start the vehicle and check:
  • Gauges
  • Warning lights/buzzers
  • Wipers
  • Lights, indicators and stop lights
  • If allowed under local regulations, test that the horn operates satisfactorily
  1. If checks reveal a defect, undertake the appropriate action to render the vehicle fit for service before commencing service.
  2. If checks reveal the vehicle is safe to operate, record this and the date in a format that can be provided to d@rt or a regulator upon request. This can be a diary, loose leaf book or computer record.

 

 

Driver Drugs, Alcohol and Fatigue Self-Assessment Checklist

Is it likely that I have any alcohol in my blood or breath?

Do I feel impaired by drugs including medication?

If you answer Yes to either question, you must not drive.

 

Do I feel unwell or have I got any unmanaged medical issues which might impair my driving ability? If you answer Yes, you must not drive.

 

Have I performed any work-related activities other than driving for d@rt? If you have performed other work related activities, these hours must be added to your total work hours and assessed against the d@rt fatigue management policy.

Sleep self-assessment

Two key questions to ask myself:

How many hours sleep did I have last night?

Am I alert, sleepy, or have some signs of sleepiness?

Indicative table of alertness and sleepiness risks
6 or more hours sleep in last 24 hrs AND Alert. Low Risk Driver is fit to commence work.
Between 5 and 5.5 hours sleep in last 24 hours AND some signs of sleepiness. Moderate Risk Driver needs to be on high alert and should closely monitor for increasing signs of fatigue.
Between 5 and 5.5 hrs sleep in last 24 hrs AND sleepy. High Risk Driver poses a significant risk and must not drive.
Less than 5.0 hrs sleep in the last 24 hrs AND sleepy. Extreme Risk Driver poses an extreme risk and must not drive.

* If the self-assessment indicates that the driver is safe to commence work, record this and the date in a format that can be provided to d@rt or a regulator upon request. This can be a diary, loose leaf book or computer record.

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