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Vehicular Use Policy

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Effective Date::  04/012012 

 

Last Updated:    02/01/2013 

 

Responsible University Officer:


Vice President for Business and Finance

 

Policy Owner:

Associate Vice President for Accounting and Business Services

 

Policy Contact:

Anthony Retort

Policy Contents
  Policy Statement
   Reason for Policy
   Who Should Read this Policy
   Policy Text
   Procedures
   Related Information
   Definitions
   Additional Contacts
   Forms
   Responsibilities
   FAQ
   Revision History
   Appendices

POLICY STATEMENT

USF’s vehicle use policy has been established to provide information and guidelines to all USF employees and students regarding their responsibilities for the safe operation of vehicles on University business. This document includes instructions and procedures for driving, refueling, maintaining and renting University vehicles. We are committed to providing a safe environment for USF’s students, staff, faculty and visitors.


REASON FOR POLICY

This Policy sets forth the standards for the authorization of drivers and proper safety procedures for vehicles the University is responsible for, both owned and non-owned.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS POLICY

Any employee who is responsible for vehicles, drivers, or driving; the President, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, and Deans, as well as supervisors and Approving Budget Managers who supervise an employee with driving responsibilities.


POLICY TEXT

Safe drivers know how to operate a vehicle properly. They do not make the common driving errors that cause most accidents. They also have learned to compensate for the lack of skill and attention of other drivers on the road who may otherwise involve them in an accident. Safe drivers can recognize accident causing situations and take corrective actions to prevent them.

Our Fleet Management Program has three main objectives:
  • To select and utilize operators of University-owned or controlled vehicles who have satisfactory or better driving records.
  • To create mechanisms to assist in the safe and proper maintenance, registration and insurance of University-owned or controlled vehicles.
  • To create mechanisms to assist the University to select qualified drivers to operate fleet vehicles in a safe and courteous fashion that reflects positively on the University of San Francisco.
University-owned or controlled vehicles are provided and maintained primarily for University business use. Employees assigned to operate or allowed control over a University vehicle are expected and required to follow the Fleet Management Program regulations and maintain a satisfactory or better driving record. Employees who lose the privilege of operating University vehicles subject themselves to possible reassignment, disciplinary action or termination. With the exception of specific senior exempt-employees, who by virtue of their position are provided access to University vehicles, no personal use of University-owned or controlled vehicles is permitted. In cases of senior exempt-employees provided a University vehicle, the employee must be at least 25 years of age, and use of the vehicle by other than the employee (including family members) is strongly discouraged. Employees are not permitted to use assigned University vehicles for personal business.

Personal vehicles may be used on University business ONLY with the permission of the employee/student's department head or advisor and proper authorization from Risk Management.

When using a personal vehicle for University business, the owner of the vehicle must carry automobile liability insurance. The owner's automobile liability insurance coverage is the primary coverage.

There is no physical damage coverage through the University on a personal vehicle. The employee is responsible for the deductible portion of the personal collision coverage and is responsible for any increased personal automobile insurance premiums as a result of an accident.

The owner's automobile liability insurance card received from their insurance agent must be in the driver's possession when using personal vehicles for University business.

We ask for cooperation and compliance from each employee and manager who operates or supervises a department in which University vehicles are operated.

PROCEDURES


RELATED INFORMATION

Type

Department

USF Travel & Entertainment Policy
USF Purchasing Card Policy
External California DMV Website
External California Department of Transportation

DEFINITIONS

Term

Definition

The Fleet The Fleet consists of all university-owned or leased motor vehicles. It includes all automobiles, station wagons, pick-up trucks, vans, large trucks and all other classes of vehicles that are operated routinely on public roads.
Fleet Driver A Fleet Driver is any employee, student or other authorized operator assigned or allowed to operate a Fleet vehicle.
DOT (Department of Transportation) Driver Specialized individual operator, who by virtue of function or vehicle operated is subject to additional federal regulatory restrictions. Will possess a CDL (Commercial Driver's License) to operate fleet vehicle(s).
MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) A certified copy of an individual's driving record for at least the past three years of operation, obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the driver's license is issued.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Subject

Contact

Phone

Email/URL

Risk Management Anthony Retort      415.422.5899 aretort@usfca.edu
Business Services Cyndy Johnson 415.422.2374 cljohnson3@usfca.edu
Accounting and Business Services Kim Kvaal      415.422.6732 klkvaal@usfca.edu

FORMS

Form

Use

Location

University Driver Authorization Request Approval of drivers for University business Accounting and Business Services

RESPONSIBILITIES

Driver
Each operator of a University vehicle is responsible for the following:
  • Participation in fleet safety training program and successful completion of corrective driving program(s), if required.
  • Operation of University vehicles in compliance with University, local, State and Federal regulations.
  • Reporting of all unsafe vehicle conditions immediately to his/her supervisor.
  • Prompt and accurate preparation and submission of all required vehicle reports to his/her supervisor.
  • Immediate written notification to his/her supervisor of all accidents and traffic violations, whether involving University or privately-owned vehicles.
Department Head
Each manager who has Fleet vehicles assigned to his/her operation is responsible for the following:
  • Consistent application of the Fleet Safety regulations throughout his/her operation.
  • Ensuring that his/her Fleet vehicles are properly licensed, inspected and maintained.
  • Ensuring that only properly licensed and qualified drivers are selected and assigned University vehicles to operate.
  • The identification of program violators and/or poor drivers and issuance of corrective, or if necessary, disciplinary action.
  • The issuance and replenishment of "glove-box" accident reporting kits.
  • Report accidents or incidents to Risk Management.
Risk Management
The Risk Manager is responsible for the following:
  • Training of operating unit managers in regard to their role in the Fleet Safety program.
  • Coordination of the delivery of the University Safe Driver Program to new fleet operators
  • Preparation and maintenance of program monitoring records.
  • Coordination of the reporting, investigating and claims management of all fleet driver accidents and vehicle related damage or property loss incidents. Investigation and review of each accident involving University fleet vehicles. Submission of recommendation(s) to prevent recurrence. 
  • Identification of program violators and poor drivers and the coordination of associated disciplinary action. Includes acquisition of certified driving records for each new employee assigned as driver, and the ongoing acquisition/review of certified driving records
  • Classification as "preventable" or "non-preventable" of (a) accidents involving a fleet vehicle where damage only to the fleet vehicle or to other University property is involved oraccidents involving a fleet vehicle causing minor damage to property of a third party. For any accident involving significant property damage to a third party or any physical injury, however minor, to anyone, Risk Management will cooperate with the University's insurance carriers, their investigators and counsel to the University in any investigation. Judgments with respect to preventability in these instances will be reached with full consultation with the University's insurance carrier and counsel.
  • The preparation of program status reports and the reporting of program violations and problems to senior University administrators. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

(None)

REVISION HISTORY

 

  • 4/1/2012  - First publication of Policy.
  • 2/1/2013 - Update to Driver Selection Process

 


APPENDICES