- Will a Partnership driver be required?
- To qualify as an authorised Partnership minibus driver for the purpose of carrying passengers, Partners must be in possession of a letter of authority from their branch. The same applies for cars.
- Regarding insurance for the driver, the normal Partnership third party cover will be in force but a non-Partner or volunteer will not be covered by Regulation 304 and therefore have no automatic entitlement to compensation from the Partnership in the case of personal injury.
- The driver should be advised to check any individual personal accident insurance cover which they may have (for example some credit card companies offer automatic personal accident insurance).
- The Partnership's third party cover provides for passengers to be carried but they will not have any automatic entitlement to compensation from the Partnership in the case of personal injury. Passengers should satisfy themselves of the adequacy of their own insurance before travelling in a Partnership minibus.
- Hire and Reward - It is important that we do not use our own vehicles, or those hired from outside sources, for any activities that could be interpreted as 'hire or reward'. The definition of ‘hire or reward’ is when there is 'payment in cash or in kind (or on behalf of) passengers which gives them the right to be carried'.
- If you are using the branch or a hired minibus without a professional driver, then no charge should be made to passengers to help cover the cost. The full cost of the hire, fuel etc. must be taken by the branch Social Fund and offset by offering a lower subsidy on the event.
Social Mileage Rates - The Partnership's social mileage rate is calculated to include an amount towards the costs of insuring a vehicle to include journeys for which the driver is claiming costs from his employer. When Partners undertake a journey for which they intend to claim social mileage, it is essential that they first check with their own insurance company to ensure that their vehicle insurance will cover a journey for which they will be claiming costs. The majority of insurance companies will allow such journeys to fall within the terms of the insurance. Go to Social Mileage Rates for further information.