The law requires you to have a driving licence that is valid for driving in the UK, maintain your vehicle to a road worthy standard and have suitable insurance. If you drive your own car for work you need to be insured for business use. It is your responsibility to arrange this with your insurance company.
To drive your car for University-related business, please ensure:
- you have a valid GB driving licence, or
- if you have a non-GB licence that is valid for use in Great Britain. See driving in Great Britain on a non-GB licence
- your vehicle is insured for business use - see section 1.3 financial procedural note 6 (FPN6): travel-related expenses (.pdf) (Essex users only)
- your vehicle is roadworthy and it has passed its MOT, if applicable
- you follow the driving for work risk assessment for your department
- you show your line manager your driving licence and valid business insurance if required to do so. Confirm your driving record by using the share driving licence service
- you inform your line manager of any changes to your driving licence or medical conditions reportable by law under Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). See the Government advice on your health and driving.
If you intend to drive a vehicle overseas for work you must:
- Research driving conditions and local laws and assess the risk.
- If driving risks are high in the location being visited you should hire a local driver or use reputable taxis instead.
- Ensure your licence covers you to drive in the Country you are visiting or ensure you have an appropriate driving permit.
- Check whether the local law requires to you to carrying any additional equipment required (e.g. reflective jacket, warning triangle).
Business use insurance
You will need business use insurance if you travel to another campus and the other campus is not your normal place of work. You will need to do this even if you do not claim mileage expenses.
Having the correct insurance will cover you and any passengers in the event of a road traffic accident. If you do not have the correct insurance, the resulting costs from the accident could come back to you personally because the University is not insured to cover you for driving for work.
Note: If you use a hire car for business, the University’s insurance for hired vehicles can be used. Please contact the Insurance Officer for details of cover.
You do not need to have business use insurance if you commute to and from your normal place of work where you normally perform the duties of your employment.
See financial procedural note 6 (FPN6): travel-related expenses (.pdf) (Essex users only) for more information.
For any insurance queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting work-related incidents
You must report work-related driving incidents that have caused harm to you, your passengers or to others.
The incident should be reported as soon as possible and the University's health and safety incident report form completed.
If employees cannot report personally, line managers should do it. You do not have to report incidents that occur on the way to or from your normal place of work.
- Report a health and safety incident