- All UVA UK Drivers must be fit to Drive at all times
- No drivers will drive when affected by Alcohol, Drugs or Medicines
- No drivers will drive when they are too tired to so safely
- The minimum legal eyesight standard is that you can read a number plate at a distance of 20 meters (around 65 feet)
- If you use glasses or contact lenses then they must be worn when driving. It is strongly recommended that your eyesight is checked regularly every two years – UVA UK will cover the cost for the updated test.
- UVA UK drivers must check with a GP or Pharmacist whether any over-the-counter or prescribed medicines that you are taking are likely to affect your driving, for example by causing drowsiness. If so please ask for an alternative that does not. Always check the label of medicines to see if warnings. If the label says that side effects may occur assume that they will do.
- If an alternative isn’t available, consider if you are likely to be drowsy or sleepy while driving, tired drivers are more likely to have accidents, you must discuss any concerns about fatigue with the UVA UK passenger success team
UVA Driver Alcohol & Drugs
No UVA UK Driver will drink alcohol before or during driving. It can take several hours for alcohol to be removed from your body. Alcohol impairs judgment making drivers overconfident. It slows reactions, increases stopping distances, impairs judgment of speed and distance, and affects vision. Even a small amount well above the legal limit seriously affects the ability to drive safely.
No UVA UK driver will drive if they have taken illegal drugs. It is medically proven that drugs will affect your decision-making, driving skills, and physical and behavioral well-being.
Do not take any risks as risks cost lives !!
UVA Driving Standards
Drivers who travel at higher speeds have less time to identify and react to what is happening around them. It will take you longer to stop and if there is an accident it is more severe and causes greater injury to passengers and pedestrians. Higher speeds also magnify other driver errors increasing the risk of accidents
UVA UK Drivers must always adhere to the speed limits (including variable limits and temporary limits at road works or motorway traffic management speed limits. Speed limits set the maximum speed for that road, there are many circumstances when it is not safe to drive at that speed for example around schools and closing times and on busy narrow or rural roads which are bendy and hilly and visibility is restricted. Make sure you are aware of the speed limit of the roads you are using. If you are not sure assume the limit is lower until you see the official sign.
UVA Driving Standards
Mobile Phones & Other Distractions
UVA UK drivers must not use handheld mobile phones while driving this includes any activity that involves holding a phone such as dialing a number or writing a message on social media.
Many other things that might seem simple and innocent can be distracting when driving. Fatal accidents can and do occur because a driver chooses to take a drink, eat, or light a cigarette while driving. Safe driving needs concentration to avoid unnecessary distractions. Smoking is also strictly prohibited in UVA UK cars.
UVA Driving Standards: Behavior Accidents/Safety & Actions to Take
UVA UK has clear guidance and procedures that outline clearly what is expected of you as a driver. And ensure you are aware of and adhere to the requirements of the licensing authority.
As with all employment roles, you will see the whole spectrum of human behaviors. We all want to live in a society of acceptable behavior where all lives matter, but you will have to be equipped to deal effectively with unacceptable behavior.
UVA UK Drivers will have the ability to remain professional in times of conflict and take a measured controlled approach. The seriousness of the situation will influence your response. UVA Drivers will stay in control of emotions and contact their passenger success teams for immediate support.
UVA UK holds the safety of its drivers in the highest regard. UVA UK has a no-tolerance policy for:
- Verbal and Physical Abuse
- Damage to the Vehicle
- Assault on fellow passengers
- Assault on Drivers
- Interference with driving/driver of UVA UK property
- Fighting in vehicles
- Any act of defacing or vomiting in the Vehicle
If as a UVA Driver you have identified that there is a problem and what the problem is. When deciding upon the course you must always follow the UVA UK company guidance’s
If you are concerned for your or your passenger’s safety or that of your passengers or bystanders then call the customers’ success officers for assistance. If you feel there is an immediate concern pull over safely, turn off the engine, and call the customer success team who will call for police assistance.