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Transporting Clients

VanTransporting clients and staff in program or contracted vehicles poses one of the most significant risk concerns for many organizations.  As we move quickly into the peak season for many organizations we want to offer some instigating questions and common industry practices to prepare you and potentially integrate into your upcoming field season.  It's an ongoing issue with no simple answer.   

  • What is the attitude around driving within your organization?  
  • Who drives?  Do you contract an organization or manage the vehicles and drivers in house?
  • Do your drivers "make-up" for lost time by approaching the vehicle check in a hasty manner?  
  • Are your logistics so tight that drivers drive aggressively to meet a deadline?  Do you know if they do?  How do you address this?
  • Have you considered creating your own organizational rules around driving, including speed limits?
  • Do vehicles used for transport of passengers comply with legal requirements?  Where do you check to confirm?
  • Are vehicles maintained at least as recommended by the manufacturer?   
  • Do you pull a trailer or use a roof rack?  
  • Are your drivers skilled at securing the loads and connecting trailers?

Drivers should be experienced with driving larger, loaded vehicles if it's part of their job description.  They should be given time to become competent handling the vehicle (and trailer if used) in actual conditions or special, qualified staff employed as drivers.  Policies should exist to avoid driving while fatigued.  Have you considered subcontracting driving and/ or vehicle operations to an expert third party to reduce risk and liability?

OSI offers a basic and comprehensive driver training program with curriculum adapted to the specifics of your program and location.

MYE contracted OSI to the run driver training section of our annual summer staff training. We were impressed with OSI’s ability to plan and run a driver training workshop that addressed MYE’s specific training needs, utilized current resources and information, and was presented in line with MYE’s experiential education philosophy. The training was informative, engaging and most importantly set our staff up to understand the seriousness of their driving responsibilities and perform them to a high standard when working in a professional capacity.  We would not hesitate to recommend OSI to any organization looking for high quality professionals who can plan and run effective staff training sessions.

     —Ellen Sagmyr, Program Director, Montana Yellowstone Expeditions

Posted by

Ryan Van Luit

on 5/9/10
Program ManagementResourceTransportation


The roof racks should be weight tested.  It happens often that when you full load, or over load a roof rack, the cross bars will bow and thus shift the clips that attach to the roof.  I’ve seen this before - a roof rack that was perfectly secure while empty become loose when loaded.

By gbloomer on 05/20/2010 at 09:35 AM

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