Getting to know your vehicle
Driving your QFleet vehicle is about more than just getting from one place to another. It is also understanding that the vehicle you lease and drive is an asset that should be properly managed and maintained.
As a driver of a Queensland Government vehicle, you play an important role in maintaining the condition of the vehicle by ensuring it is serviced regularly.
New vehicle models are added to the fleet frequently and come equipped with new technology and features with which you might not be familiar. Your employer must ensure that you are familiar with all the features of a new vehicle and can operate it competently.
It is important to familiarise yourself with how to operate the vehicle before you drive away.
New vehicle features can include:
- unfamiliar refuelling requirements e.g. diesel passenger vehicles
- recharging electric vehicles e.g. plugging-in and unplugging vehicle chargers, and switching power on to recharge
- autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and other active safety technologies
- ‘space saver’ spare wheels/no spare wheel
- keyless ignition systems
- electronic or foot-operated parking brakes
- automatic engine idle stop
- indicator controls or headlight controls on either side of the steering column
- automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
- hill-start and reverse parking assist.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, employers have an obligation to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of their employees and others.
In the context of road safety, employers have a responsibility to provide vehicle familiarisation training to all drivers. If your employer fails to provide such training, you should raise the issue with your manager or workplace health and safety officer.