University staff may need to use vehicles for work in a range of different situations. Whether using a university-owned vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle, the university promotes a safe driving culture.
We encourage sensible and safe use of vehicles, aiming to eliminate or reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes and injuries.
Designated Driver Agreement
The driving of University staff vehicles is inherently risky.The designated driver agreement seeks to minimise the risks for passengers and drivers travelling in University vehicles. An original licence with all correct classes will need to be produced, at least annually, and the driver must read the university driving policies and guidelines and sign a Designated Driver Agreement.
Defensive driving/Van handling course
Staff (and designated students) may be required to drive vans or to drive on gravel roads in the course of their work. The hazards and skills associated with safe van handling and defensive driving skills are important risk management tools for maximising the safety of these tasks.
University policies & guidelines
Workplace vehicle use
The Safe Driving Policy and accompanying Workplace Vehicle Guidelines outline the responsibilities and expectations around workplace vehicle use. These apply to all University of Otago vehicles, privately owned vehicles used for University of Otago business, and any associated road equipment.
Privately owned vehicles transporting University staff between home and work, and vehicles used by contractors engaged by the University, are excluded.
Vehicle safety on campus
Vehicles operating on campus are expected to comply with the University Traffic and Parking Regulations at all times to ensure safety of everyone on campus.