Vehicle use

A person riding a quad completely kitted in cold weather gear riding a quad in the snow
Riding a quad in blowing snow (Photo: D. McVeigh)

The allocation of vehicles is the overall management responsibility of the station leader. The plant inspector is delegated by the station leader with the day-to-day proper care and issue of vehicles and mobile plant.

Minimise vehicle use whenever possible as there are limited vehicle and equipment resources available at each station.

Only drive oversnow vehicles on ice or snow that is thick enough to prevent damage to the terrain beneath. Different vehicles will be used in the same areas at different times of the year, depending on snow and ice conditions. Small boat travel is also used extensively in some areas.

All expeditioners using vehicles must first undergo basic training, including techniques of snow and ice travel, such as crevasse rescue, and the ability to recognise weather and ice conditions, as well as the basics of GPS navigation.

The following rules apply when using vehicles:

  • Observe normal safety rules when driving any vehicles.
  • Wear an approved full-face safety helmet with quads and skidoos.
  • Do not drive or operate any plant and machinery under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Vehicles are not permitted on sea ice during the warmer months. Sea ice travel during the times adjacent to these periods must have station leader approval.
  • Always use fuel-spill mats when refuelling in the field, and carry spill kits for mopping up spills. Fuel containers should have nozzles and/or funnels. Stationary equipment, such as generators and open fuel containers stored horizontally, must have a drip tray.
  • Take care when travelling between field sites. Make sure you clean your boots, clothes, vehicles and equipment between each site to minimise the likelihood of carrying disease from one site to another. Take particular care when moving between wildlife colonies.

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