Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is set out in accordance with paragraph 13 of the Club Constitution. It is primarily a health and safety document and has the same status and obligations on the members as that of part of the Constitution.

This document sets out the Code of Conduct of the Military Vehicle Club of Ireland and specifies the means provided to achieve that purpose. Our objective is to endeavour to provide a healthy and safe environment for all MVCI members and members of the public who may be affected by our activities. The success of the Code of Conduct will depend on your co-operation. It is therefore important that you read the Code of Conduct carefully and understand your roll and the overall arrangement for Health and Safety.

This document should be regarded as a “living document” in that it can be improved on as the need arises. It is our intention to review this Code of Conduct in the light of experience. MVCI members are encouraged to put forward suggestions for improvement.

This Code of Conduct shall apply to all MVCI members.

THE CODE OF CONDUCT

This will apply at any show, rally or other event at which MVCI/MVT members are appearing, whether or not the Club is involved with the organisation of such an event. It is intended to safeguard both MVCI/MVT members and the public from injury and danger.

  1. THE CODE OF CONDUCT
    This will apply at any show, rally or other event at which MVCI/MVT members are appearing, whether or not the Club is involved with the organisation of such an event. It is intended to safeguard both MVCI/MVT members and the public from injury and danger.
  2. VEHICLE CONDITION
    It is the duty of all members to ensure that their vehicles are maintained in a safe and roadworthy condition at all times.
  3. VEHICLE MOVEMENT GENERALLY
    Vehicles should move through a showground only in accordance with the wishes of the organisers. Headlamps should be illuminated and horn or sire warnings considered.
  4. TRACKED and/or ARMOURED VEHICLE MOVEMENT
    Tracked and/or armoured vehicles should not move through crowds unless absolutely necessary. In this case, responsible adults should walk ahead and to the side of the vehicle to warn members of the public. Judicious use of an advance warning vehicle is recommended. (See Para 3 above)
  5. VEHICLE SPEED
    Vehicles should be driven at a responsible speed at all times, having full regard to the number of people present at the event.
  6. DRIVER QUALIFICATION
    a. Any vehicle being driven as (3) and (4) above should be controlled by the holder of a current full driving licence for that class of vehicle, who is driving with full permission of the owner of the vehicle and above all is familiar with that particular vehicle.
    b. Outside of public opening times a properly supervised provisional licence holder is permitted to drive provided that the vehicle is displaying “L” plates and there is no risk or danger whatsoever to other persons present at the event.
    c. At no time should a child or a non-licence holder be in charge or control of a vehicle. This includes a vehicle left with the ignition key in place or with the engine or machinery in motion.
  7. VEHICLE INSURANCE
    Owners must ensure that their vehicles are covered for “off road” use and that all drivers are similarly covered. It is the responsibility of the driver to confirm insurance cover with owner before taking charge of a vehicle. Normal road insurance does apply at all “off road“events.
  8. RESTRICTED DRIVER VISION
    If any vehicle has restricted vision, a responsible adult must as vehicle commander. He/she must be in voice contact with driver. It is the commander’s responsibility to ensure passenger safety, especially when the passengers are mounting or dismounting from the vehicle, which should be done other than by, using the tracks or wheels as footrests
  9. PROJECTIONS
    Drivers must ensure that any projections outside the normal overall width, length and height of the vehicle such as whip aerials or ring mounted replica machine guns, are properly secured before moving off, especially when moving through crowds.
  10. PASSENGERS
    No passenger vehicle must carry more passengers than the number of seats on that vehicle. They must be correctly seated and children properly supervised. On fully armoured and/or tracked vehicles, no passengers or crew must be carried on the exterior of the vehicle under any circumstances. O amphibious vehicles, all crew and passengers must be equipped with floatation devices or life jackets when water borne.
  11. FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES
    There must be absolutely no discharge of any firearm, barrelled weapon, thunder flash or other explosive device at any event without prior reference to the organisers or an executive or local MVCI committee member present at the event.
  12. OFFENSIVE WEAPONS
    Bayonets and knives must not be carried or worn when moving around the showground. They may be unsheathed only as part of a static display and equipment and must never be left unattended.
  13. UNIFORMS
    Uniforms must not be worn outside the showground’s. Care must be taken to avoid unit and rank badges and especially medal ribbons to which the wearer is not entitled as this constitutes an offence. Uniforms should be worn correctly and in context.
  14. NOISE
    No excessive noise should be made or generators used on a show site or camping site between the hours of 10.30pm and 7am.
  15. PERSONAL DISCIPLINE
    The MVCI is represented by its members and members are deemed to be responsible for the behaviour of their invited guests. Whether displaying at an event, driving, being carried as a passenger or performing safety-oriented duties as outlined above, standards of deportment and politeness must be maintained so that the Club is presented to the public as a caring responsible organisation.
  16. HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENTS
    There will be an up to date Health & Safety Statement/Plan for each event that the MVCI organises and runs.
  17. HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICER
    An independent Health & Safety Officer will be employed by the MVCI for each event that it organises and runs. The Health & Safety Officer is responsible for all Health and Safety aspects of the Show and all members will comply with any and all extra instructions given by him/her.
  18. Serious infringement of this Code of Conduct at a show will be dealt with by any committee member present at the time of the offence and subsequently will be reported to the MVCI Safety Officer for further action if considered necessary.

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