Vehicle checks

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Dear Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Could you please reveal the legal requirement regarding vehicle checks that staff are required to perform upon commencing their shift and how many minutes are allocated for such checks.

Is there a LEGAL time scale YAS are supposed to allow to allow staff to perform the vehicle check?

Is there a LEGAL time scale YAS are supposed to allow staff to perform a specific TYRE CHECK?

As it is the drivers responsibility to ensure the tyres are road worthy and the drivers own licence that points are added to if they are not - can YAS assure staff that they will be allowed adequate time to perform this check PRIOR to booking on duty?

Failing this can YAS assure staff will be paid the allowed LEGAL time prior to their shift commencing if staff are forced to come in early to work?

Can you please state how often DCA`s are NOT fulfilling there FULL vehicle checks in the months of January, February, March and April 2015?

Yours faithfully,
Amanda Bottomley

David Roberts left an annotation ()

Freedom of information requests mean that public authorites must provide you with information that is recorded and in their posession. They do not have to generate new information or records to provide an answer if the information does not already exist. Some of your questions do not relate to information that is recorded.

To get the information that you need (which I am also interested in) it may be better to ask;

1. What is the YAS policy in relation to vehicle checks?

2. Do you hold information on how many times in the listed months that crews did not have an opportunity to check their vehicles and equipment? If so, please provide this.

3. How many Datix / Significant Events have been reported in relation to crews not checking vehicles at the commencement of their shift?

YAS may well answer 'no information held' to some of your questions but in this format, you are asking for recorded and searchable information.

Amanda left an annotation ()

Thank you I will amend.

1. What is the YAS policy in relation to vehicle checks? INCLUDING the legal requirement regarding tyre checks.

2. Do you hold information on how many times in the listed months that crews did not have an opportunity to check their vehicles and equipment? If so, please provide this.

3. How many Datix / Significant Events have been reported in relation to crews not checking vehicles at the commencement of their shift?

Dear Amanda

Ref: FOI 2015-174

It seems that we have received a duplicate request from you from two different email addresses.
I have sent this email to both addresses. Can you please confirm which email address you want the response sending to.

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Dear FOI,

Please could you respond to The btinternet.com email address please

Yours sincerely,

Amanda

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David Roberts left an annotation ()

So basically, YAS expects its staff to hop on a vehicle, drive under blue light conditions, from the moment a shift commences. Checking the vehicle condition after this first job is absolutely no good whatsoever if you have a collision on the way to that job due to a deflated tyre, faulty indicator or faulty brakes and only the driver can be held responsible.

Dear FOI,

I can assure you that staff have NO time to perform a vehicle check upon commencing their shift!
We are now expected to key on bang on the start of the shift and immediately dispatched to the first detail.

So could you please answer the original question of 'will Yas pay overtime to allow staff to perform the check prior to the shift commencing'

As it is the drivers responsibility I do not think it acceptable for staff to risk injury to self or others and drive at speed using blue lights without checking the vehicle condition

Yours sincerely,

Amanda

Dear Amanda

Your question is not something that can be answered under FOI.

We have provided all the information we can under FOI.

If you still have any questions or concerns, these would be best discussed with your line manager.

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