Fleet driver responsibilities

When you drive a fleet vehicle, you have a number of legal, safety and operational responsibilities.

Driver responsibilities

Drivers have a number of responsibilities and obligations.

Holding a correct and valid licence

You must hold a current and valid licence for the class of vehicle you are driving. You might also need a driver licence endorsement.

Remember to renew your licence and/or endorsement on time (allowing enough time for us to process your renewal before your current licence and/or endorsement expire).

Find out which class of licence you need
When a passenger endorsement is required

Being a safe and courteous driver

As a professional driver, you should always:

  • be safe and courteous

  • obey the road rules, most of which are explained in the Road Code, and local bylaws whenever you are driving

  • understand that others make mistakes

  • be tolerant

  • set an example to others.

This also applies away from work.

A number of penalties apply to drivers found to be breaking the traffic rules, including vehicle impoundment, which will affect your ability to work. 

Read the Road code
Find out more about driving offences and penalties

Checking vehicles before use

You should do a simple pre-use 'walk-around' check before you drive any  vehicle. As a minimum, you should check 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

  • there's no obvious damage to the vehicle that could be considered dangerous

  • indicators, tail lights and brake lights operate correctly and the 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

  • the horn operates satisfactorily

  • the vehicle registration and WoF or CoF are current (as well as the road user charges label if you have a diesel or heavy vehicle)

  • safety belts are in good condition

  • the engine fluid levels (water and oil) are correct.

You should report any faults to the fleet manager straight away.

Identifying and preventing fatigue

Fatigue can be dangerous for drivers, especially people who drive as part of their job. As a driver, you should know how to prevent and manage fatigue. 

Read more about identifying and preventing driver fatigue