There are a lot of nonprofits that rely on their volunteers to help make their programs run efficiently. Sometimes, these activities require a volunteer to fill a gap in transportation needs around the community. When a volunteer driver takes to the road, they could be putting themselves, program participants, and the entire nonprofit at risk. Operating a motor vehicle is connected to numerous liabilities, and your company needs to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Mitigate the Risk
A volunteer vehicle liability is associated with a volunteer driving their own personal automobile for the nonprofit business. In addition to the risk of an accident that could result in injury or death, a driver may not have a valid license or insurance coverage on the vehicle. For nonprofits that choose to utilize volunteers for transport needs, a careful screening and training process should be implemented.
Reduce Accident Potential
Many of the concerns with volunteer driver liabilities can be addressed thorough background checks, driver history reports, ongoing training, and careful supervision. Taking clients or individuals from one location to another should also come with more stringent requirements, especially when the volunteer’s personal vehicle is used. Your company should consider the benefit of an insurance policy that extends coverage to account for situations of potential loss involving the use of a volunteer vehicle.