In addition to regulations affecting commercial truck drivers, there are other reasons employers might want to consider developing a policy on motor vehicle safety. These include the rising cost of workers' compensation and liability insurance, as well as automobile insurance. A good place to start when writing a policy is with the company's goals, including avoiding accidents and injuries and related costs both in terms of dollars and lost productivity. In addition, a policy might include the following:
• Information on anything the company will require of employees before they drive on company business or use a company vehicle, such as proof of a valid driver's license, a check of the individual's driving record, proof of insurance, etc.
• Statements related to the use of seat belts and compliance with local, state, and federal laws
• Rules related to the use of cellular phones, instant messaging, and other electronic devices while driving
• Prohibition on the use of alcohol, drugs, or medication that might impair an individual's ability to drive
• Guidelines regarding the rental of automobiles when traveling on company business