Proposed contract language I'd like to see: ARTICLE 500--ACCIDENTS 1. Unless clear proof of gross negligence is shown,the following shall not be construed as chargeable accidents for the purposes of disciplinary action: a- Incidental, minor contact between package cars parked indoors if the Employers normal practice is to park such cars less than two (2) inches from one another. b-Cracked mirrors or scratches resulting from contact with tree branches or shrubbery at night, provided that said branches or shrubbery are protruding above the normal driving surface and above the area illuminated by the vehicle's headlights. c-Tire marks on grass or other landscaping that is level and contiguous with the normal driving surface, provided that said landscaping is (a) unmarked and (b) indistiguishable from the driving surface due to being covered with snow, ice, mud, sand, gravel or fallen leaves. d-Becoming stuck or requiring a tow due to extreme weather conditions, provided that the vehicle has not been negligently driven off of the driving surface except as may be required to avoid collisions with other vehicles. e-Becoming stuck or requiring a tow due to soft gravel or sand on the driving surface that a reasonable person would believe to be capable of supporting the weight of the vehicle. f-Minor cosmetic damage to the vehicle caused by tow chains, straps or other equipment used by the driver to attempt to get the vehicle unstuck, provided that the driver has first received management approval to make the attempt. g-Nothing in this Section shall be construed as requiring the Employer to issue any sort of safe driving award. Such awards shall only be issued at the sole discretion of the Employer. ---------------------------------------------------------------- If we had this language, it would eliminate about 95% of the paperwork, grievances, follow-up rides, safety meetings hard feelings and other hassles associated with "accidents" without having any effect whatsoever on safety.