University Vehicles (Policy 9040)
University Policy 9040
Last Revision Date
Vice President for Campus Operations and Chief Operating Officer, (208) 426-1233
Scope and Audience
This policy applies to all University-owned motorized and electric vehicles and all employees, students, and volunteers who drive University-owned motorized or electric vehicles while on Official University Business.
This policy does not apply to employees who use vehicles controlled by Boise State under the terms of a Car Share program and does not apply to personal vehicles. Personal vehicles are not covered under the State of Idaho’s Risk Management Program.
- Idaho State Board of Examiners Policy No. 442-50, State Travel Policy and Procedures,
Section F., Use of State Vehicles
- University Policy 7005 (Background Verifications)
- University Policy 7520 (Self-Disclosure of Criminal Proceedings)
- University Policy 9110 (Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus)
- University Policy 12080 (Possession of Firearms/Weapons on University-Owned or -Controlled Premises)
1. Policy Purpose
To provide procedures and guidance for the operation, acquisition, maintenance, and disposal of the University Fleet.
2. Policy Statement
Boise State University is committed to ensuring the safe and appropriate use of the University Fleet and providing employees, students, and volunteers with reliable, safe, economical, and clean modes of transportation. The University Fleet must only be operated for Official University Business by Authorized Drivers, in the safest possible manner, and in a way that projects a positive image of the University.
3.1 Authorized Driver
The owner of a valid operator’s license who is subject to an approved Driver’s License Record Check and has completed any required training under Section 4.5.
3.2 Driver’s License Record (DLR) Check
The process of gathering and reviewing driver-related history from any jurisdiction. A DLR is also known as a Motor Vehicle Record “MVR” check.
3.3 Motor Pool
A collection of University Vehicles not assigned to a department, intended to provide vehicle access to Authorized Drivers for temporary or infrequent use.
3.4 Official University Business
An activity or support function that directly carries out Boise State’s mission of instruction, research, and service through the following authorized purposes:
- University business for which travel expenses have been authorized (see University Policy 6180 – Travel for details); or
- Travel directly associated with instructional programs of the University, including field trips, grant program administration, and approved non-academic activities; or
- Professional meetings by University-authorized personnel or representatives, such as the Idaho State Board of Education, University-approved associations, and recognized student organizations; or
- Day-to-day use to support the work of the University.
3.5 Trailer and Tow-Behind Equipment
Any unit required to be licensed by the Idaho Transportation Department and is designed to be towed behind a vehicle for hauling equipment or materials and travel on public roadways at speeds of 35 mph or more. Small (less than 6 feet in length), single-axle trailers towed behind ATVs, UTVs, or similar units are exempt from the requirements under this policy.
3.6 University Fleet
All motorized or electric vehicles and equipment, including equipment not licensed for road use such as ATVs/UTVs; golf carts; the Helmet Cart; and Trailer and Tow-Behind Equipment owned, leased, or otherwise under the control of the University.
4. Responsibilities and Procedures
4.1 Fleet Management Responsibilities
a. The Fleet Manager is responsible for all University Fleet acquisitions. The Fleet Manager, or designee, is responsible for providing written certification that the vehicle has been inspected, certified, and added to Boise State’s vehicle inventory.
b. The Fleet Manager will consider the University’s mission and purpose and will acquire a unit of the University Fleet only when necessary to ensure the efficient use of all University Fleet units. The Fleet Manager is responsible for ensuring all University Fleet acquisitions meet the University’s environmental and safety standards and fit within the University’s sustainability goals.
The Fleet Manager is responsible for:
a. Ensuring the proper management of the University Fleet and all University Fleet records to ensure safe and reliable transportation.
b. Ensuring the University Fleet is in compliance with all operational and safety requirements under federal, state, and local law.
c. Removing any unit of the University Fleet from operation if repairs are necessary to satisfy minimum safety and liability requirements (all maintenance and repair costs may be charged back to the relevant department).
d. Establishing and maintaining University fuel purchase protocols and controls.
e. Ensuring all Trailers and Tow-Behind Equipment are certified as “safe” prior to use and receive an annual safety inspection.
At some point, a vehicle costs more to maintain than the vehicle is worth. The Fleet Manager is responsible for:
a. The development and maintenance of procedures for disposing, repurposing, and removing units of the University Fleet from service; and
b. The enforcement of the Minimal Use Standard which requires all University Fleet vehicles to be driven at least 250 miles quarterly or 1,000 miles annually. The Fleet Manager must be contacted for exceptions to the Minimal Use Standard and potential options to keep a low-use vehicle on campus.
The Fleet Manager is responsible for notifying the Office of Risk Management and Insurance of any vehicle acquisition or disposal to ensure accuracy of the vehicle insurance schedule.
4.2 Operation Guidelines
4.2.1 University Fleet
a. The approving department, the Authorized Driver, and the Authorized Driver’s supervisor are responsible for ensuring the vehicle is used only for Official University Business. Individuals requesting to reserve a vehicle from the Motor Pool must complete the Motor Pool Reservations Form.
b. Faculty, staff, and students must not utilize long-term parking at airports for University vehicles and/or any unit(s) of the University Fleet.
c. University Vehicles must be returned to the Motor Pool, or the home department, immediately after trip completion.
4.2.2 Authorized Driver
a. Authorized Drivers must follow all traffic safety laws and maintain the highest standard of safety when operating a University Vehicle.
b. Weapons and smoking are prohibited in University Fleet vehicles per University Policies 12080 (Possession of Firearms/Weapons on University-Owned or -Controlled Premises) and 9110 (Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus).
c. Authorized Drivers must report operator license suspensions or revocations to their supervisor and Human Resources.
d. Authorized Drivers required to operate a motorized and/or electric vehicle as an essential function of their position must report all traffic offenses or violations within three (3) University business days.
e. Hazardous material or waste must not be transported under any circumstance. If disposal or transport of hazardous material or waste is needed, the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) must be contacted.
f. Service animals and approved research animals are allowed in University Vehicles provided the responsible owner or department takes proper precautions to ensure safety and cleanliness of the vehicle. Emotional support animals are not allowed in University Vehicles unless approved as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA (See University Policy 7570 – Accommodating Disabilities in the Work Environment and the Educational Access Center).
g. The Authorized Driver and/or department may be responsible for vehicle damages due to animals, employee negligence, intentional acts, passengers, etc.
h. Authorized Drivers must ensure the assigned key remains on their person at all times. When not in use, Authorized Drivers must place keys in a secured, designated area.
4.3 Authorized Driver Qualifications
a. Prior to becoming an Authorized Driver, a DLR/MVR check must be conducted on the driver before operating a unit of the University Fleet. Authorized Drivers may be subject to follow-up DLR/MVR checks based on the type of University Fleet usage.
b. If living in Idaho as a permanent resident, an Idaho driver’s license must be obtained within 90 days of moving to the state in accordance with Idaho Law. Driver’s License Record checks for out-of-state licenses will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
c. An individual must be at least eighteen (18) year of age to operate a standard vehicle not requiring special licensing (sedans, pickups, golf carts, etc.).
4.4 Authorized Driver Disqualifications
Authorized Drivers are banned from operating any unit of the University Fleet if the Authorized Driver:
a. Accumulates Nine (9) or more points on their Driver’s License Record or receives a conviction, plea of guilty, withheld judgment, or other determination of fault Conviction for an alcohol or drug-related offense while driving within the past (3) years; or
b. Becomes disqualified pursuant to University Policy 7005 (Background Verifications) and/or University Policy 7520 (Self-Disclosure of Criminal Proceedings) if the Authorized Driver is required to operate a motorized/electric vehicle as an essential function of the position, and the Authorized Driver fails to report a traffic offense or violation with three (3) University business days.
c. Fails to complete any driver training or re-training required for an at-fault accident under Section 4.6.
4.5 Driver Training and Vehicle Requirements
Employees, students, and volunteers are responsible for completing any required training to become an Authorized Driver by contacting the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability for training requirements.
4.5.1 Multi-Passenger (8 or more) Vans
a. The University does not permit the use of fifteen (15)-passenger vans and will not rent, acquire, or maintain them under any circumstance. In place of fifteen (15)-passenger vans, departments and individuals may use twelve (12)-seat passenger vans.
b. Authorized Drivers must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and must have completed appropriate van training offered through EHSS to operate a twelve (12)-seat passenger van. This includes passenger vans that can be configured for eight (8) and ten (10) passengers, which present the same hazards as a twelve (12)-seat passenger van.
c. Twelve (12)-seat passenger vans may be reserved through the Motor Pool. When twelve (12)-seat passenger vans are not available on campus, the Motor Pool is available to help departments or drivers rent twelve (12)-seat passenger vans with the highest safety standards.
4.5.2 Trailers and Tow-Behind Equipment
a. Authorized Drivers must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and must have completed both online and “hands-on” training through EHSS to pull Trailers and Tow-Behind Equipment. Authorized Drivers must certify annually by completing an online training module.
b. Trailers over six (6) feet in length require driver certification.
4.6 Incident and Accident Reporting
a. If any unit of the University Fleet is involved in an accident, the Authorized Driver should refer to the State of Idaho Accident Report Guide, the proof of insurance card, and the Citizens Claim form located in the front passenger compartment area.
b. The Authorized Driver must report the accident to Fleet Management. Fleet Management will ensure the accident is reported to Risk Management and Insurance (RMI). If the vehicle is drivable, it must be taken to Fleet Management for evaluation, photos, and accident estimate procedures within 48 hours of the accident. A labor charge may be assessed.
c. Upon evaluation of an incident or accident, RMI will notify the employee, the employee’s supervisor, and the appropriate department of any required training.
d. Driver training or re-training is required for at-fault accidents and must be completed within thirty (30) days to maintain an Authorized Driver status.
6. Related Information
Educational Access Center
Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability
University Policy 6180 (Travel)
University Policy 7570 (Accommodating Disabilities in the Work Environment)
January 2018; March 2020