MOBILE DEVICE POLICY
As part of our overall health and safety policy, RJC is committed to reducing both the risks to our employees when driving Company plant/vehicles and the risks to other road users.
This Policy includes all staff whether they are operating Company vehicles/plant or use their own. Employees using vehicles for work must never make or receive calls or program a mobile device (for example: sat nav units, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, mobile phones, tablets and laptops), whether hand-held or hands-free, whilst driving. This includes sending or reading text messages, notifications or emails from any hand held or portable device.
While there is no specific law that states a driver can’t have headphones on, audio devices can detract from your ability to drive safely. This is because headphones can block out traffic sounds, emergency sirens, level crossing signals and even noise made by pedestrians or cyclists, making you a potential hazard for other road users.
Even when not driving and engaged in other work activity you may, whilst wearing audio devices be:
Senior Managers must lead by example, both in the way they themselves drive and by not tolerating poor mobile device practice amongst colleagues.
All Drivers must ensure:
• Ensure that drivers of HGV vehicles use navigation devices which take into account
height and weight restrictions when planning a route, if any other system is used then sufficient prior route planning must be conducted to ensure that the vehicle is compliant with all height and weight restrictions along its intended route
It is a criminal offence to drive (or have another person drive) a motor vehicle (including motorbikes) while using a “hand-held” mobile phone. This includes any device performing an “interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data” but excludes two- way radios.
“Driving” includes sitting in a stationary vehicle with the engine on. It is the act of using a phone, not just a certain type of phone, which is prohibited. Even a “hands-free” phone can be considered “hand-held” if it is held at some point during a call’ however, operating a mobile while in its holder will not be considered an offence.
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