When an employee has consumed alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication, the risks associated with driving under their influence are considerable. In certain circumstances drivers in motor vehicle crashes may void insurance cover if they are found to have been driving while intoxicated or under the influence of both legal and illegal drugs and substances.
Drug taking impacts on the individuals’ ability to drive safety. Therefore it is the company policy that no transport activities will be undertaken on its behalf by employees under the influence of drugs.
As a consequence, the company enforces a policy of zero tolerance in the use of drugs or alcohol while at work, or when driving a company supplied vehicle or undertaking activities on behalf of the organisation.
Should any employee who is required to drive for business purposes lose their licence because of driving under the influence then the company may terminate their employment.
In addition, the company will seek to recover from the employee all costs associated with any damage resulting from a collision in which an employee (or a person authorised to drive by the employee) is convicted of, either due to exceeding the legal blood alcohol concentration, or driving while impaired by illicit, prescription or over the counter drugs carrying an impairment warning.
While there is a legal alcohol consumption limit (BAC) for fully licensed drivers, studies have found that consuming moderate amounts of alcohol still impacts on the skills necessary for driving. It is therefore important that when employees are driving company vehicles, driving on company business or when approved families members are in charge of a company vehicle, alcohol should not be consumed.
Furthermore, the consumption of alcohol in conjunction with other drugs is known to increase the risk of incident. The taking of illicit or illegal drugs is strictly prohibited and will result in termination of employment.
When taking prescribed or over the counter medicines which might impair their mental or physical performance/judgement authorised drivers must seek the advice of their Doctor or Pharmacist and not drive, or undertake other duties, if advised not to do so.