Vehicle Use

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        All University related travel must be approved in advance by the Academic Affairs, Athletics or Business Services  Office.

         

        A paper copy of the following information (last updated on October 31, 2018) can be found in the Bock Welcome Center, or in the Operations Office. Every operator of a motor pool vehicle is responsible for understanding and adhering to ALL policies. 

         
        Policy
        Use Authorization
        Requirements of Operator
        Responsibilities of Operator
        Cancellations
        Picking Up Vehicles
        Returning Vehicles
        Road Repairs
        Accident Reporting
        Insurance
         

        Use Authorization
         Only authorized University faculty, staff, and students over the age of 21 may operate a motor pool vehicle. The vehicle may be used only for University business. No one, other than faculty, staff, and students on business or course work, may ride in University vehicles unless special paperwork is submitted in advance.
         Domestic and non-domestic animals are NOT allowed in the vehicles with the exception of seeing-eye, hearing-ear, and service dogs. (Please indicate a special vehicle requirement when making the reservation, of the need to transport one of these dogs.) Caged research animals may be transported in cargo vans only.
         Vehicles are not to be used for towing. No objects are to be placed, mounted, or tied to the outside of any motor pool vehicle. Damage resulting from any of these conditions will be the responsibility of the requestor's department (or organization).
         Smoking or ANY Tobacco product is strictly prohibited in all motor pool vehicles.

        Requirements of Operator
         All drivers of motor pool vehicles must possess a valid U.S. driver's license with fewer than 6 points on their record. For insurance purposes, the Motor Pool office, must have on file a list of all persons who will be operating motor pool vehicles. This must include the driver's name, license number, state of issue, expiration date of license, and driver's date of birth.

        Responsibilities of Operator
         The operator of the vehicle has, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
        • Safe operation and security of the vehicle until it has been returned to the Motor Pool.
        • Strict adhere to all traffic and parking laws. A practice of road courtesy at all times. YOU are responsible for all traffic/parking violations as well as TOLL FEES at the time you are going through TOLL, unless there is no Toll money box to pay at the time you are passing through. Any citations received by the Motor Pool office shall be forwarded to the driver of that reserved the vehicle. Violations on a continuous basis, in a motor pool vehicle may result in a 90-day suspension of driving privileges.
        • Safety belts are to be worn by all occupants of the vehicle at all times the vehicle is in motion. The driver is responsible for ensuring that all occupants comply with this requirement!
        • NO texting while driving
        • Do not abuse this vehicle! Vehicle damage resulting from abuse is subject to payment by the driver's department (or organization).
        • If it is determined that the driver of a vehicle is at fault in an accident, the department (or organization) may be required to pay all costs not covered by current University insurance policies.
        • No large expenses (over $50) are to be incurred without prior approval of the Motor Pool (Travel personnel).
        • Drivers are required to report any and all mechanical defects upon return of the vehicle. An inspection form, will be completed at the Bock Bldg., referencing repairs/defects made while out on road.
        • Please be mindful of weather and road conditions. Slow down when raining, snowing, sleeting, or foggy conditions 

        Cancellations
         Reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance or  ASAP.. Cancellations must be made via the Motor Pool web site or by phone. The motor pool staff may cancel vehicles not picked up within 4 hours of the scheduled reservation time.

        Picking Up Vehicles
         Keys can be picked up 24-hours a day from the Bock Bldg. located in the front of Campus, Main St.

        Returning Vehicles
         Returning vehicles late without notifying the motor pool staff may result in revocation of motor pool privileges. Contact the motor pool office if risk of returning the vehicle on time is imminent.
         The returned vehicle should be free of trash or excessive debris. The department (or organization) which reserved the vehicle shall be charged a $20 clean up fee if a vehicle's interior is judged to be excessively dirty.
         Please make sure vehicle is locked and all lights are turned off. Return keys/gas card to the Bock Bldg which is open 24/7.

        Road Repairs
         Vehicles which develop mechanical problems while in the local area should be returned for replacement. In the event that it would be impractical to operate the vehicle, the Motor Pool Officce, should be contacted for assistance. While the Motor Pool strives to maintain its fleet of vehicles in the best possible condition, breakdowns do occur. The Motor Pool will make every effort to assist the customer during any breakdown situation to minimize loss time and inconvenience. However, the Motor Pool shall not be liable for any costs incurred by the travelers other than the actual cost to repair the vehicle. This specifically includes room and board.
         If a motor pool vehicle has a mechanical breakdown while on the road, please use the following procedures:
         
        1. For Minor/Major issues, the driver is to contact Roadside Assistance.  Information is location in all University vehicles.
        2. For Minor repairs, such as Windshield wiper replacement, etc.  the driver must obtain prior authorization from the Motor Pool Staff by contacting the Motor Pool during regular business hours (see contact us).
        3. Flat Tire(s) should be changed by driver or contact Roadside assistance. 
         The Cost will  be reimburse to the traveler for repairs paid by cash, check, or personal credit card. However receipts are required, and reimbursement, depending on the amount and prior permission (while out on the road)may take several days. Except when personal safety is threatened, the traveler shall not abandon the vehicle or place the vehicle in jeopardy.

        Accident Reporting
         In the event of a vehicular accident, the driver will stop at once, give reasonable first aid to those injured, and will call  911/the police. All information related to the accident and all drivers involved will be written down at the scene. All accidents, no matter how minor, will be reported as soon as possible to the Motor Pool office. An Accident Report must be completed. Accident Report forms are available at the Motor Pool office or on-line throught the UC website
        • When conditions and/or regulations permit, move to the shoulder or side of the roadway to prevent further damage or hazards. If conditions or regulations do not permit moving the vehicle, contact the local authorities immediately.
        • You must contact the local authorities and complete an accident report. Advise authorities if medical assistance is needed.
        • Obtain the names and addresses of witnesses.
        • Report accident to Motor Pool office as soon as possible. You may leave a voicemail after normal business hours.

        Insurance
         All UC University Motor Pool vehicles are insured under a UC University insurance policy. This insurance covers damage to motor pool vehicles, liability for damage to other vehicles and property, and bodily injury to others from official use of a motor pool vehicle.  
         Any non-faculty, non-staff, or non-student riding in a motor pool vehicle is covered to the maximum of $5,000 by the UC University insurance policy. Injuries to UC University employees are covered by Worker's Compensation insurance.
         The driver is personally responsible for all costs or damages for personal, illegal, or unauthorized use of UC University Motor Pool vehicles.