Vehicle Specifications

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This is part of the Vehicle-Related Practices from the IOGP Land Transportation Safety Recommended Practice documented in their Report 365. This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the IOGP report and/or IOGP website for further information.

Only operate vehicles which are fit-for-purpose.

  • Vehicles are determined to be fit-for-purpose based on an assessment of usage. They are maintained in safe working order in line with manufacturers’ specifications and local legal requirements.
  • Vehicles provide maximum safety to vehicle occupants in case of a crash.
  • Newly purchased Light Vehicles meet 5-star NCAP rating where available in Region.


  • Check that their vehicle is in safe working order before commencing a journey.
  • Report any vehicle defects to their supervisor or person in charge.
  • Do not ride a motorcycle, an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), a Utility Vehicle (UTV) or any other unconventional vehicle unless a risk assessment has been completed and signed off, and always wear prescribed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when using these types of vehicles.

Supervisors, Managers, Leaders:

  • Ensure vehicles are equipped to meet the specifications set out in IOGP Report 365 Section B.1.
  • Ensure newly purchased (owned), leased, or contracted Light Vehicles have an NCAP rating of 5-stars where available in the Region of purchase.
  • Ensure all vehicles are fit-for-purpose, in safe working order, and being routinely inspected and maintained.
  • Check that vehicle defects are being reported and that repairs are made before a vehicle is put back into use.
  • Ensure a documented risk assessment is completed prior to using motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, or any other unconventional vehicles and ensure that suitably prescribed PPE (e.g., safety helmets, body armour) is made available to all riders (including passengers).

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