UVA Network Alcohol & Drugs
No driver in the UVA UK Network 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 driver in the UVA UK Network will drive if they have taken illegal drugs. It is medically proven that drugs will affect your decision-making, driving skills, and physical and behavioural 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
Drivers in the UVA UK Network 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
Drivers in the UVA UK Network 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: Behaviour 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 behaviours. We all want to live in a society of acceptable behaviour where all lives matter, but you will have to be equipped to deal effectively with unacceptable behaviour.
Drivers in the UVA UK Network 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. Drivers will stay in control of emotions and contact their passenger success teams for immediate support.
UVA UK holds the safety of its network 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 driver in the UVA Network 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.
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.