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Hello and welcome to Roleplay UK's rules! In order to maintain our extremely high quality of roleplay, we have a rather lengthy set of rules that all players must abide by. Therefore we advise that you grab a cup of tea and take time to read and absorb the information here to ensure that your experience on our servers is all good and well!
We are well known for being strict with our rules, this allows us to maintain our extremely high standard of roleplay on our servers at all times. This distances ourselves from a lot of other communities that offer minuscule punishments, such as temporary bans. We believe that if you are banned, you should have to explain your side of the story, rather than wait a few hours for the ban to expire. This means our staff team has to do a lot more administrative work than other communities, yet it ensures that only people who really want to get unbanned can play again.
Roleplay UK is a serious roleplay community, If you are coming from another Roleplay community please erase that memory from your mind as things are much different here and very much focused around RP rather than combat.
To start we would like to make clear that this is a friendly community, An adult community and we expect every user to show respect to each other. Do not take things outside the server/onto the forums, or god forbid real life!
The staff team put a lot of hours into this project and these rules, and our ban process is configured in a way which is consistent to all members; one we believe that is fair and one that needs the least amount of administration time so we can focus on the things that really matter. To assist with this it is advised that you record your gameplay.
Please note these are the official rules. If you are told different otherwise please ignore that unless it is from a member of the management team.
With that said and the rules listed below the vast majority of our members who have been here fastly approaching two years now have never been reported or banned. We are fair and at the end of the day we are all here to enjoy ourselves and have fun in a nice environment!
Roleplay UK is very proud to be an Adult community.
It certainly doesn't mean you have to be over 18 to play here however you will find a lot of our members are. We respect the younger people and elders in our community and no discrimination will be tolerated.
We expect people to show respect, act like an adult, and treat people how you would expect to be treated to keep this a place that people enjoy and look forward to coming back to. If there is a disagreement then disagree in a noble and adult manner. At the end of the day we are here to have fun and enjoy one of the best role play experiences you will find on the internet.
If you are here for drama or arguments then it won't be long until you will be shown the door and it is extremely rare to be unbanned for the following important rules.
(1.1) Bullying is punished by a permanent ban without appeal.
(1.2) Discrimination of any kind is punished by a permanent ban without appeal.
(1.3) Swearing at someone outside of roleplay is not tolerated and will be punished by a ban.
(1.4) Any threat to any person, or the community, will not be tolerated and a permanent ban will be issued. Depending on the context of the threat we will fully assist the UK police with their enquires.
(1.5) Any attempts to harm or otherwise disrupt our infrastructure will not be tolerated. We take attacks and threats to attack seriously. We will work with the UK police and other law enforcement authorities and supply any evidence necessary to lead to a conviction.
(1.6) The Staff Team may ban any member from the servers and community at any time if they are considered disruptive to the community or we have a valid reason to believe they are here to cause issues.
(1.7) As a roleplay game every situation is different and not everything can be detailed within these rules and so it is important to remember this is an adult community and some things simply come down to common sense. Things like the following; do not swear at people (out of roleplay), troll people, or bully people otherwise you will simply be banned from our servers.
(1.8) Forcing or encouraging another member of the community to break a rule is punishable by a ban.
(1.9) Providing a false age when applying to join a whitelisted faction in order to circumvent the age limits is punishable by a ban.
(2.1) Vehicle Deathmatch (also known as VDM) - Using any vehicle as a weapon (e.g running people over, causing explosions including while sling loading, ramming, etc), will result in you receiving a ban. Three vehicles are excluded from this, MRAPS (Ifrits, Hunters and Striders) can ram other MRAPS in order to disable them, yet not to kill the passengers. This is allowed as these vehicles are the only vehicles ingame that can withstand being rammed. Please note that you need to initiate roleplay before attempting to ram an MRAP. (Please note - MRAPS don't need to be initiated on in the redzone) This is to prevent random ramming on site. (Three minutes of chasing also constitutes initiation of MRAP and MRAP ramming).
(2.2) Random Deathmatch (also known as RDM) - Shooting at someone without engaging in any form of quality role play (eg. Giving enough time for them to comply with your order. Count downs are not considered quality roleplay, please at least attempt to create an interesting roleplay story before considering shooting.) is considered RDM. (Punishment is a ban).
This rule is not applicable in the red zone.
(2.3) Using any sort of modification that changes the functionality of your game is not permitted to be used while you are logged into our servers. This includes non-malicious graphical enhancement utilities. We have systems in place in order to detect and punish users for this type of offence. This offence will result in a permanent ban without chance for appeal.
(2.4) Using any exploits such as looting dead bodies, duplication of items or money, using the ‘Flip Vehicle’ feature outside of its intended purpose, transferring / processing items through walls and windows,and locking doors that have been broken into before 10 minutes have passed, IE those that have been bolt-cut. Punishment is a permanent ban without appeal. If you discover an exploit that nobody else knows about, please reveal it to a staff member privately in order to ensure that it does not be abused in the future.
(2.5) Combat logging at any point during RP is exploiting. Some examples of this include: logging out during a firefight, being chased by the police, arrested by the police, while dead awaiting a medic, logging out in order to save gear, rage-quitting, logging out whilst restrained/detained. Punishment is a ban. Staff can make an informed decision depending on if you’ve made an attempt to resolve the issue. We do suggest you attempt to rejoin the server and continue the roleplay (try messaging them with the mobile system first).
(2.6) Combat storing, such as storing a vehicle whilst you are being chased or to prevent roleplay will result in a ban.
(2.7) Trolling - The following examples are considered trolling however there are multiple others so we advise common sense. Running around the police/medics/anyone, throwing yourself in front of vehicles, playing music in any chat or on teamspeak, bombarding the messaging system, buying multiple vehicles to block spawn areas or using them to blow things up, jumping off buildings without RP,spamming the vote admin or vote kick system, talking/playing music in the lobby screen, playing soundboards/voice changers ingame and open TS channels (Punishment is a ban, or permanent ban depending on the severity).
(2.8) Threats to report / disputes / Breaking RP in Voice. There are so many people on the server with all different points of view and disputes and disagreements are all part of the game, however please do not discuss them in-game also do not break RP in voice. For example if someone has RDM’ed you discussing this on the server or saying “I am going to report you” is not allowed. Please use the forums or teamspeak to report or discuss only (Punishment is a ban) Exception: You may contact someone using the text system if they are not on teamspeak or on the forums. Please only attempt to make this contact in effort to resolve the issue, not to antagonise the other player/users/members.
(2.9) Trading - Roleplay UK does not condone any sort of real life to ingame trading or vice versa. This is due to the fact that we do not want to be looking like a commercial entity, or any of our members for that case. You are free to donate on behalf of a member as an act of kindness, but not in return for an item. Bad Example: “Whoever wants donator send me 2 million in cash.” Exception: “I am having a cross Altis race, winner will receive a free donator package for one month!” (Please authorise with a staff member if you wish to do this, or we may see it as a breach of this rule (2.9).).
(2.10) Idling We have one of the busiest Roleplay communities in Europe therefore, if you need to go to the shops or go away from your PC for more than 5 minutes then please kindly disconnect from the server.
(2.11) Teleporting, Once you have spawned in you are unable to respawn unless you have been killed or are stuck in a position due to a bug (please take screenshots), For example you cannot respawn to get to another location quicker - Punishment is a ban.
(2.12) NHS Medics -The NHS are here to help and revive people and have less than 10 slots on the 130 slot server. It is a bannable offence to kill a medic, take their vehicle or take them hostage. In the Redzone medics may be killed however all other rules regarding medics apply.
(2.13) Please keep all aviation 300m above any greenzone excluding the airport (This is to make sure any roleplay is not disturbed).
(2.14) Spawn Island - You are not allowed to visit "spawn island", and vehicles on the island will be scrapped. Anyone caught firing weapons or stealing from those spawning in on spawn island will be removed.
(3.1) You must remain in character at all times, unless a uniformed Admin authorises you to speak out of character. Roleplay everything.
(3.2) Out of Character Chat (OOC) interactions must be made over side chat.
(3.2.1) Quick messages to another player in direct chat must be prefaced by the syntax "//"
(3.2.2) Extended OOC interactions are forbidden.
(3.3) Microphones are required on RPUK servers.
(3.4) Side (OOC) chat roleplay is forbidden. You must not use side chat to broadcast events that you observe (for example, you may not broadcast "X are going to rob the bank". The exception is advertising your in game business.
(3.5) You must hot-mic all communications that have been made over teamspeak when they are relevant to influencing the course of roleplay. This means that if you are communicating to fellow team members via Teamspeak and you are in audio proximity range of another player (they can hear you), you must hot mic any commands given so the rival player can overhear. This rule does not apply if both sides are engaged in a gunfight together.
(3.5.1) When your communication devices have been taken from you by another player, you must not use external methods or group chat to communicate with anyone else. Only direct chat is to be used in this case.
(3.6) Continuing to roleplay subjects of a sensitive nature after being requested to stop by another player is punishable by a ban.
(3.7) Baiting - Baiting for the sake of a gunfight is not roleplay. Punishment is a ban. Examples: Flying over someone with a chopper waiting for warning shots to instantly shoot them back, robbing a service station with the intent of a gunfight, etc.
(4.1) Side Chat - Using intelligence gained on side chat to influence actions in game. Punishment is a kick/ban.
(4.2) Name Tags - You are not allowed to identify players in game via nametags or keychains. Police and NHS ranks (only ranks!) are fine, as they “wear clothing with the rank on” unless they are undercover. (Not in their uniform or masked.) (Punishment is a kick/ban)
(4.3) Scouting teamspeak - Searching through Teamspeak to see what police/rebels are doing (e.g. Seeing police are in Bank/Hostage operation room, then acting on this information) (Punishment is a ban)
(4.4) If you are restrained and communications have been removed you must not be active on any other forms of communications other than direct chat. (Punishment is a ban)
(4.5) Using the stats.Roleplay.co.uk stats page to gain information about players or gangs and then use that information ingame is considered metagaming. (Punishment is a ban)
(4.6) Stream Sniping - If you are on the server or have a friend on the server do not watch someone who is live streaming on our server and use their location information or information from that stream to meet up with them/kill them etc (Punishment is a ban)
(4.7) Using out of game communications to encourage other players to log on and sway the result of an event or roleplay situation is forbidden. Similarly, joining the server using metagamed information is forbidden. (Punishment is a ban)
A new life means that your character has lost all previous memories. It still is the character you play, example: You are still apart of the rebels or cops and you still knows all your friends.
Your character forgets the events and information leading up to their death. The only exception to this is your wanted level.
Wanted/Bounty prices are persistent over deaths to enable long winded police chases and bounty hunter chases and without this we wouldn’t have police and bounty hunters tracking down the person with them being on the run for weeks/days. Example: Matt, John and Ben are rebels who try to rob the bank.
During the shootout with the cops, Matt and Ben die, John get's arrested and spends some time in jail. When they all meet again, they all would roleplay the situation in a way that they all tried to get away, because they realized that they couldn't handle the situation. Matt and Ben got away, though John got caught. If the players want to have the deaths involved, they might tell stories of other rebels that died there, who were with them initially.
(5.1) A new life starts, when:
Your character has been killed by a cop.
Your character has died in a RP situation.
Your character has been involved in an accident.
(5.2) A new life does not start when:
Your character has been the victim of a clearcut case of VDM
Your character has been the victim of a clearcut case of RDM
You are downed
You disconnect (end of session)
(5.3) When you respawn:
Your character does not remember any previous roleplay situations.
Your character does not remember where any of its vehicles outside the garage are
Your character does not remember any previous enemies (your killer/robber etc)
Your character cannot return within 1000m of the location of death or be involved in the same combat situation until the 15 minute NLR timer has expired.
Your character does remember their friends & gang members.
(5.4) When you are revived/downed:
You may not actively enter or continue any combat situation for the next 15 minutes.
Your character retains all knowledge of the time before they are downed.
While you are downed you may not divulge tactical information to anyone. The exception to this is information spoken in direct chat in game. Please be mindful that you are heavily injured and should act accordingly.
There are 3 types of marked zones that you will experience on the map.
Green zones are “Safe” areas where players are able to convene without hostile interruption. They are not safe havens from the law however, Police can attempt to arrest you.
Blue zones are “Police” areas where extra protections are afforded to Police.
Red zones are “Hostile” areas where certain rules are suspended.
(6.0.1) You must not abuse the boundaries of any marked zone on the map. Using the boundary to troll/taunt or temporarily gain protection is forbidden.
Green zone specific rules:
(6.1.1) You must not attempt to kill anyone in a green zone.
(6.1.2) Lethal weapons must be holstered in green zones at all times. Breaking this rule can result in being kicked from the server.
(6.1.3) You must not knock out and rob other players in a green zone.
(6.1.4) You must not lockpick or steal a vehicle from the green zone.
(6.1.5) You must not park or leave your vehicle inside of a green zone in order to sell illegal items such as drugs or guns.
(6.1.6) You must not exploit the green zone to avoid ongoing hostile roleplay. Retreating into a green zone is forbidden.
Blue zone specific rules:
(6.2.1) You must not attempt to kill anyone in a blue zone
(6.2.2) Lethal weapons must be holstered in blue zones. This rule does not apply to the police. Breaking this rule can result in being kicked from the server.
(6.2.3) You must not lockpick or steal a vehicle from the blue zone. This rule does not apply to the police.
(6.2.4) You must not park or leave your vehicle inside of a blue zone in order to sell illegal items such as drugs or guns.
Red zone specific rules:
(6.3.1) All other server rules apply in the Red zones with the exception of the RDM rule.
(6.3.2) Hostages are not to be taken into the Red zones.
(6.3.3) For Red zone specific rules to apply, both shooter and victim must be inside the Red zone.
Roleplaying as a rebel or a criminal on the server is an exciting roleplay opportunity and a huge part of the game however to make sure this is fun for all we have some important guidelines and rules.
(7.1.x) - General Rebel Rules
(7.2.x) - HM Treasury Rules
(7.1.1) Taking hostages must be roleplayed to a very high quality.
(7.1.2) Own gang hostages - You are unable to take your own gang member(s) hostage.
(7.1.3) Killing someone must be carried out with high quality roleplay, “put your hands up or I will shoot” etc is considered low quality RP and may lead to a ban for RDM/Fail RP. Executing another player must also be carried out with high quality roleplay, the only exception to this rule is if both you and the victim are engaged in a gunfight together.
(7.1.4) Using the in game phone to warn police You are unable to use the ingame phone to warn the police for example "“Any cops seen within ‘x’km will be shot on site”
(7.1.5) Police Sirens - When the Police put on their sirens lights to pull you over to attend to a scene this does not mean RP has been initiated on their point, if you shoot without engaging in RP then this is classed as RDM.
(7.1.6) Spike strips - Use of spike strips doesn't constitute any form of roleplay. Failure to engage in quality roleplay is classed as RDM.
(7.1.7) Warning shots must be issued with 3 tracer rounds past the front and rear of the aircraft. Enough time should be given to comply before taking action.
(7.2) The treasury is where all the gold reserves of the island are kept, robbing this is a big operation and requires some well thought out tactics and plans. It is brilliant for roleplay and also combat and can be very rewarding. However, there are some strict rules.
(7.2.1) There needs to be at least 10 Police officers online, please check this before turning up. The vault is coded so it won’t open if there is less than 10 police online so it will be a waste of your time.
(7.2.2) Filling your vehicle up with gold bars from the treasury without going outside the building is considered exploiting (Punishment is a permanent ban)
(7.2.3) The Police will always send in a unarmed negotiator in a marked police car who will drive up to the entrance and make himself known. This is part of the treasury robbery process. You can either start roleplay with the negotiator, or decline negotiations by asking him to leave. You cannot kill him - he must leave, and if killed it is bannable. You also may not kidnap the negotiator.
(7.2.4) When the blasting charge has been planted it is considered that any opportunity for negotiation is over. After this the police may try to storm the building with armed police. At this point any combat is not considered RDM. Once the gold is outside of the HM and there has been no combat for five minutes normal server rules apply.
(7.2.5) You may not write in sidechat that you are robbing the bank. This is your operation with the friends/members that are there with you. You may not call for backup, only those on site at the beginning of the heist may take part. The Police may return after NLR timer is up however non-whitelisted civilians may not.
(7.2.6) Any police who we find have logged out on purpose to bring the number of police down to under 10 will be banned. If you need to log out during a known active bank operation,please inform a member of staff.
Licensed Jobs are a brilliant way to roleplay different unwhitelisted roles on the server and can be really enjoyable however so these roles are not abused we do have some rules.
(8.1) - Licensed Job spawn points
(8.2.X) - Taxi Driver Rules
(8.3.X) - ARAC Breakdown Rules
(8.4.X) - AAN Rules
(8.1) Using the ARAC, AAN or Taxi spawn points for any purpose other than the implied duties is forbidden.
(8.2) Being a Taxi Driver on the server is another of our unique roleplaying opportunities to help and interact with other players when they require transport from A to B. We have rules in place so people do not abuse having this licence.
(8.2.1) Taxi Drivers must be using the Taxi while they are performing Taxi Driver duties.
(8.2.2) Taxi Drivers should not use the Taxi Driver system to target players when they are at their most vulnerable, i.e. broken down in the middle of nowhere and asking for assistance. When not playing as a Taxi Driver, you must not acknowledge any messages sent via this system.
(8.2.3) Taxi Drivers are not allowed to perform any illegal activities (robbing/stealing/killing) when they are in uniform. It is a purely role play activity.
(8.2.4) Taxi Drivers are exempt from rule 3.4 when on duty.
(8.3) The ARAC are the servers breakdown service. It is a role to help people and role play a mechanic, so in order to prevent abuse we have some rules surrounding this licence.
(8.3.1) ARAC members must be wearing the uniform while they are performing ARAC duties.
(8.3.2) ARAC members must be using the ARAC vehicles while they are performing ARAC duties.
(8.3.3) ARAC members should not use the ARAC system to target players when they are at their most vulnerable, i.e. broken down in the middle of nowhere and asking for assistance. When not playing as a ARAC member, you must not acknowledge any messages sent via this system.
(8.3.4) ARAC Members are not allowed to perform any illegal activities (robbing/stealing/killing) when they are in uniform. It is a purely role play activity.
(8.3.5) ARAC Members are exempt from rule 3.4 when on duty.
(8.4.1) AAN members must be wearing the uniform while they are performing AAN duties.
(8.4.2) AAN members are not allowed to perform any illegal activities (robbing/stealing/killing) when they are in uniform. It is a purely role play activity.
(8.4.3) AAN Members are exempt from rule 3.4 when on duty.
There are some roles that require you to be whitelisted. These involve an application and interview to join. These roles can be very enjoyable and a completely different way to play the game. However these are also easily misused so we have some rules.
(9.1.X) - Police Rules
(9.2.X) - NHS Rules
(9.3.X) - UNMC Rules [Temporarily not active]
Being in the Police of this server is a massive privilege as it is the largest roleplayed Police department in the UK & Europe, so to keep the quality high there are some rules.
(9.1.1) All police must have a microphone and be on Teamspeak. If your microphone is not working or you're not on teamspeak then do not connect to the server.
(9.1.2) Police may not sell their equipment, or willingly give their equipment away. If there is a strong roleplay cause, exchanges can be made.
(9.1.3) Rubber bullets and tasers must be used unless lethal force is ordered by the highest ranking officer in that situation.
(9.1.4) The Ghosthawk is not allowed to shoot at any ground targets (below 25 m). No armed vehicle is allowed to be sling loaded and used to shoot at ground targets. (punishment is a ban)
(9.1.5) You must not abuse your role as a cop to help out your friends. (For example: Removing charges of your gang members without sufficient roleplay reason)
(9.1.6) Do not rent vehicles or purchase equipment as a police officer then switch to a civilian to use them.
(9.1.7) PCSO’s and unarmed negotiators are not to be taken as hostages. If you find yourself taken as a hostage at these ranks: Inform the person (out of roleplay) that they cannot detain you at this rank. If they don’t release you, you are allowed to log out as a last resort.
(9.1.8) Police are not allowed to execute players. This was abolished in UK law in 1965 . (Punishment is a ban)
(9.1.9) When communicating with a helicopter; 1ATC message must be sent clearly indicating the target and stating intention to fire upon the helicopter followed by enough time to comply to said message.
Roleplaying as a Medic is a special non-combat role. While on duty within the NHS, your only focus should be on your NHS roleplay. There are some rules to follow.
(9.2.1) Medics are not allowed to follow gangs or police around. Please patrol the full island of Altis or whatever hospital area you have been assigned to.
(9.2.2) If attending to a crime scene, consult with the nearest police officer. If all the police are dead and there are gang members or rebels present and they shout out "LEAVE THE AREA" or words to that effect, then please accept that request and leave the area asap.
(9.2.3) Do not rent vehicles or purchase equipment as a medic then switch to civilian and use them.
(9.2.4) Combat Reviving - If combat is in effect, or shots have been fired within the last 5 minutes, the area is not safe to enter for rescuing the injured. Therefore, you cannot revive at this time. This rule is exempt for civilians using defibrillators.
(9.3.1) Attacking the UNMC Bases - You may attack the UNMC bases, however this must be authorised by a member of staff or UNMC command member at the time.
(9.3.2) UNMC uniform is unique to the people who have worked hard to become a part of the servers whitelisted rebels, only they are allowed to wear it. The only exception to this, is the UNMC Beret, like the police, this can only be exchanged with high quality roleplay.
(9.3.3) UNMC may only rob the bank once per day and must be carried out to a high standard of roleplay.
Unfortunately, other Roleplay & roleplay servers (or people with community websites) have abused the fact we are popular. They have advertised on our website/teamspeak/servers in the past for their own gains. Because of this we have strict rules around it.
(10) Advertising - Advertising any of the following services* on our servers/website/teamspeak or social media groups without permission is bannable without appeal;
Teamspeak / Voice Services (example: Discord)
Social Media Groups
*It is to the discretion of the staff member who looks at your situation as to what we consider advertising. We advise caution when sharing any ip addresses or such through any of our services.
Roleplay UK are proud to host one of the busiest teamspeak servers in the UK. For this to remain a nice place to hangout, we have some rules for our teamspeak server.
(11.1) Common sense - This is an adult community and a lot of the rules come down to common sense, do not swear at people, troll people, bully people otherwise you will simply be banned from teamspeak.
(11.2) Voice changers & soundboards - It has come to a point where using voice changers or soundboards on our teamspeak has got very old, If you are found using soundboards or voice changers in public rooms including NHS/Police you will be warned, kicked or banned.
(11.3) Music is only permitted in music rooms or private gang/faction channels. Anyone caught playing music in public rooms will be warned, kicked or banned.
(11.4) Offensive avatars or avatars of a questionable nature should not be used, you will be warned, kicked or banned depending on the avatar.
(11.5) Imitation - Impersonating other members such as changing your name is punishable by a ban.
Roleplay UK has a very active and busy forum which gains over 1 million hits per month, therefore we have very strict rules to keep it a place people want to visit daily.
(12.1) Common sense - This is an adult community and a lot of the rules come down to common sense, do not swear at people, troll people, bully people otherwise you will simply be banned from the forums.
(12.2) Using a questionable avatar or name could result in a community ban.
(12.3) Creating threads with the intention to cause issues or drama will not be tolerated and may lead to warning points or being issued a ban.
(12.4) Commenting on a ban appeal or report a player thread that is not involving you will lead to a warning point and a 7 day posting restriction.
(12.5) Using status updates to talk about or discuss bans will first lead to a warning point then if that continues a second warning point with a 7 day posting restriction.
Roleplay.co.uk has a very highly trusted staff team who give up a lot of their time to make the servers enjoyable and continue to provide the best roleplay experience you will find. They are not here to be abused or sworn at. Here are some rules connected to the staff team.
(13.1) Any decision the staff team make is final.
(13.2) Abuse/swearing or unpleasant behaviour towards the staff team is not acceptable (Punishment is a community ban without appeal)
(13.3) When ingame, staff will wear their special ‘Tron Suit’ when they are on official duty only. Please ignore that they are there unless they ask you a question.
(13.4) Please refrain from messaging staff members via private message/comments or adding their personal social media/steam accounts unless they invite you to do so.
(13.5) Any abuse of a staff position in any shape or form will lead to removal and possibly a ban.
(13.6) Staff may not teleport, spawn in items/money in order to help a player in any shape or form. (Unless there is a just reason).
(13.7) Staff will not take payment or accept any sort of bribe from anyone, this will lead to the staff member being removed and/or community banned, and the person offering the bribe to also be banned.
(13.8) Staff will not discuss internal goings on behind the scenes with anyone from outside of the team. This includes any future updates or decisions made by the team, this will result in removal from the staff team and may lead to a community ban. (Please note, this does not apply to the developers and other content creators, as they may need to request something from a member).
(13.9) All rules apply to all staff members, apart from in extreme circumstances where an override is needed. (A member of the management team will handle a situation where you feel a staff member abused the ability to make themselves exempt).