In accordance with college policy and the policies of the college’s insurance carrier, all students, faculty and staff operating college vehicles are required to complete the college Driver Certification Program.
The program is designed to provide drivers with an understanding of college policy regarding fleet vehicle use, to reduce the number of accidents involving college fleet vehicles, to aid drivers by refreshing their knowledge of defensive driving tactics and to build skills in the use of college fleet vans and mini-buses.
The Driver Certification Program involves an online training class (lasting approximately 30 minutes) which reviews defensive driving tactics, the college’s policies regarding the use of college fleet vehicles and information to aid the health and safety of those using the college’s general use fleet of vehicles. In addition, those drivers that operate college fleet vans (full size, 11 passenger vans) or mini-buses must attend a road course training session. The road course is designed to build basic driving skills of larger vehicles; such as maneuvering around fixed objects, proper use of mirrors, and backing in confined spaces. The road course signup sheet is located at DPS, please click here for a schedule of dates and times.
The online training programs may be accessed at:
Persons operating college vehicles are required to provide their operator’s license information, are subject to motor vehicles records checks every 3 years, and must maintain a good driving record to retain authorization to drive a college vehicle.
The following provisions and policies, in addition to the basic defensive driving skills and techniques used by all good drivers, have been established to reduce the potential of accidents and injuries to members of the College community and those we interact with. All users of College fleet vehicles are to know and abide by the policies and provisions included in this program.
Drivers of College fleet vehicles are responsible for the following:
- Properly complete all associated paperwork.
- Conduct inspection of the vehicle for general condition and safety prior to use.
- Follow College policy regarding the fueling of vehicles.
- Promptly report any and all traffic/moving and parking violations, and damage to the vehicle.
- Immediately report any accidents and mechanical problems.
- Follow College policy regarding the use of fleet vehicles.
- Insure that vehicle is readied for use upon return.
Driver Qualification Standards:
- Current, State issued (or equivalent) operators license.
- Licensed operator for at least two (2) years.
- Drivers must be no less than 18 years of age (Due to legal liability, and federal labor laws – where applicable).
- Completion of College Driver Certification program.
- Successful completion of road course (if applicable).
- Motor vehicle records check (MVR, driver history check).
- Behavior of the driver during certification testing and subsequent use.
- Behavior and Social Conduct of the driver, both on and off campus.