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Britton proposes vehicle review policy
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Warren County safety coordinator David Britton wants to reduce the potential for liability by employees who operate vehicles for county business.Britton asked members of the county’s Policy and Personnel Committee to conduct Tennessee driving record reviews for designated Warren County employees who operate either a county-owned vehicle, or use their own personal vehicle while conducting county business.Britton is proposing instilling a Motor Vehicle Review Administrative Policy outlining new expectations of county employees who will be driving county-owned vehicles or personal vehicles to be used for the job.Goals of the new policy are to:• Ensure the state’s minimum insurance coverages are maintained.• Raise vehicle operator awareness of driving tendencies and potential ramifications.• Ensure recognized state violations are addressed prior to potential county risk.• Provide consistent criteria across all departments for new employees with driving responsibilities.• Provide overview and training to every county employee prior to effective date.• Modify the new-hire process to complete process at start of county job.The cost to the county would be approximately $1,600. The state’s rate is $5 per motor vehicle review. That rate is multiplied by 320 which is approximately the number of applicable county employees who operate a vehicle for county business use.“Our objective is to ensure all employees maintain an acceptable driving record in order to minimize risks to our community,” said Britton.According to the policy, any employee who refuses to participate in the process will immediately lose their county driving privileges.