Fleet Driver Eligibility

Members of the college community who want to be eligible to operate a college fleet vehicle must attend a fleet orientation class, fill out a credential form and have a clean driving history.

Drivers of college vehicles must be Mount Holyoke College faculty, staff or students. During the summer, conference staff may drive a college vehicle after completion of the fleet orientation program, fill out an application and have a clean driving history. Others such as spouses, significant others and off campus people may not drive college vehicles.

Eligibility

See the Risk Management web site for college credentialing requirements.

  • Note that Fleet drivers must not have more than two accidents, or a history of moving violations (3 minor violations or 1 major violation). Examples of major violations include: driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating recklessly or to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident, etc.
  • All drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license for at least one year.
  • Must acknowledge receipt and understanding of the college driving regulations.

All Fleet drivers must complete all of the following before being authorized to drive:

  • attend a Fleet Orientation program
  • submit a copy of her/his driving record from the registry of motor vehicles of their liense-issuing state (this must be received by the Fleet Office before you may drive)
  • complete a credentialing form
  • undergo a review of the application process.
  • the Fleet Coordinator will contact you when your application is complete and you are authorized to drive.

All drivers must beMount Holyoke College faculty, saff or students. During the summer, conference staff may drive a college vehicle after completion of the fleet orientation program, completion of an application, and submission of and maintenance of a clean driving history. Others, such as spouses, significant others, and off-campus people may not drve college vehicles.

All drivers must maintain a current driver's license. If your license expires, your privileges are revoked until you renew your license.

Appeals for Denial of Fleet Eligibility

When a member of the community is determined to be ineligible to drive a college vehicle, s/he can be appeal that decision to the Director of Campus Police whose decision is final.

Restrictions for Student Drivers

Students may drive a college vehicle on short trips. Short trips are those those less than 400 miles. Students may drive vehicles beyond the 400 mile limit if a faculty or staff member is present in the vehicle. The maximum is 500 miles from campus for all trips. Only one college vehicle may be more that 250 miles from campus at once. Fleet Vehicles cannot be driven into Canada. Students may not drive college vehicles that are towing another vehicle or trailer.

Students who want to use a rented vehicle for college business must have written authorization from a faculty member, department head, a dean or coach and be otherwise authorized as described herein and shall be listed on the rental agreement.

Students who want to use a personal vehicle for college business must have written authorization from a faculty member, department head, a dean or coach before the use occurs. In addition, the drive must be otherwise authorized to drive as described herein.

Annual Credentialing

Annual credential forms will have to be filled out with instruction from the Safety and Risk Management Department. This form is for insurance purposes only and has to be filled out by everyone who will drive a college owned vehicle or driving a personal vehicle on college business.  This form must be returned with a copy of your current driver's license.

Loss of Driver Privileges

If a student driver is involved in an accident with a a fleet vehicle or violation of college rules, the student will automatically lose eligibility to operate college vehicles following an accident or rule infraction for one semester or one year, depending on the driver's role in the circumstances of the accident or rule infraction. Drivers may re-apply for fleet eligibility after this period has ended.

Eligibility may be returned after remedial driver training, or in cases where the driver was determined to be not at fault. The Fleet Coordinator will review accidents with advice from the Director of Campus Police. Driver eligibility will not be returned until after an accident review, which takes approximately one (1) week. Further sanctions are possible for department or organizations whose drivers do not follow the fleet program regulations.

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