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(Updated 25-April '07)

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Guidance on Safe Vehicle Use

 

IMPORTANT - READ THIS CAREFULLY - DRIVING EVEN SMALL,  LOW-POWERED VEHICLES CAN BE DANGEROUS. ENSURE  ALL NECESSARY STEPS ARE TAKEN TO ENSURE SAFE OPERATION OF YOUR VEHICLE.
  1. Do not allow the use of the vehicle on public roads and paths; use only on private ground with the permission of the landowner - be aware of your local road traffic laws and keep to them.
  2. Never allow the vehicle to be used where it may come into contact with full size vehicular road traffic or with general pedestrian traffic.
  3. Always supervise the vehicle's use and ensure drivers are properly instructed in how to use it, especially in use of the brakes.
  4. Always judge the capabilities of the driver and the vehicle and where you feel necessary ensure the riders wear appropriate protective equipment such as helmet, gloves and protective pads. Ensure there is no trailing clothing or hair etc to get entangled in the moving parts.
  5. Do not allow use of the vehicle in the dark or in other conditions where the driver can not see clearly or be seen clearly.
  6. Regularly check all screws and nuts and tighten/lock as required. Check the structural integrity of bonded joints. Keep tyres inflated to the pressure stated on the tyre. Keep bearings, gears and chains lubricated.
  7. Regularly check the function of the brakes and steering mechanisms and adjust as required.
  8. Ensure all motor and gearbox covers are fitted and secure before vehicle operation. Take great care if making adjustments in or near the motors when the motors are hot - it is best to allow hot motors to cool before working in their vicinity.
  9. Consider carefully the area/track on which the vehicle is to be run. If passes will be made close to solid obstacles consider fitting skid boards, such as at prominent hard edges, gate posts, wall corners etc. Consider the run-off at corners should the vehicle not make the turn - always judge the capabilities of the drivers!
  10. Teach the drivers never to drive at pedestrians, to always slow  their vehicle when pedestrians look as if they may be in the way and to slow the vehicle to make turns.

 

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