700-15
SEAT BELT USE

POLICY & PROCEDURE

Subject:

SEAT BELT USE

Index: HUMAN RESOURCES & RISK MANAGEMENT

Number: 700-15

Effective Date

7/7/2009

Supersedes

6/25/1986

Page

Page 1 of 1

Staff Contact

Nancy A. Carlson

Approved By

Denis Law

1.0 PURPOSE:

To establish requirements for the use of seat belts when operating City-owned vehicles; and when operating personal vehicles on City business in a reimbursable status.

2.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

All departments/divisions.

3.0 REFERENCES:

RCW 46.61.688

Policy & Procedure 300-47, Discipline

4.0 POLICY:

All City employees operating a City-owned vehicle or operating a private vehicle and receiving reimbursement as part of their duties shall be required to wear a seat belt during the operation of that vehicle.

4.1    The driver of a City vehicle shall be responsible to advise all passengers that seat belt use is mandatory.

4.2    This requirements does not apply to:

4.2.1    Operators or passengers who possess written verification from a licensed physician that the operator or passenger is unable to wear a safety belt for physical or medical reasons.

4.2.2    Operators of vehicles that are not required to meet the manual seat belt safety standard as set forth in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 (vehicles manufactured without seat belts before 1965).

4.2.3    Specific City vehicles, such as those used in construction, that are not equipped with seat belts.

4.3    Employees found in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary action within the guidelines as set forth in Policy 300-47.