The prevalence of weapons has changed in recent years. In addition to a rise in gun violence and mass shootings, now every state—as well as the District of Columbia—has some legal allowance of carrying a concealed weapon on the books. Yet, some organizations still haven’t adapted to the times and their fleet policies still have no or limited language on the matter.
With weapons, legal and otherwise, taking residence in the public psyche it’s of extreme importance to have a clear and concise policy regarding their use.
Fleet policy risks
The potential risks are very apparent when dealing with weapons during work hours and while operating company property. There are concerns related to safety, legal compliance and the company’s image. Consider all three when updating your fleet policy.
What to include in your fleet policy
First, determine if there are subsets of your fleet who may need to carry a weapon—such as security personnel—and align your policy accordingly.
Here is sample language for organizations wishing not to allow weapons to be carried inside the vehicle.
Carrying firearms in a company vehicle is prohibited.
Weapons of any kind are prohibited inside a fleet vehicle, including but not limited, to guns and knives.
Fleet drivers that have a permit to carry a concealed weapon are prohibited from carrying a weapon while operating a fleet vehicle.
Do not possess firearms, ammunition or weapons in a company-provided vehicle on company premises or while conducting company business.
Any law enforcement personnel engaged in official duties.
Any security personnel engaged in official duties.
Any person engaged in military activities sponsored by the federal or state government, while engaged in official duties.