6230P Driver Safety Program (Procedures)

Original Date:10/21/2008 * Last Revision Effective: 9/17/2012
Policy Contact: Vice President, Administrative Services

Purpose

The following procedures are established to meet the requirements for implementing policy #6230 – Driver Safety Program.

Procedures

  • Department managers will identify those employees or volunteers they wish to designate as college drivers.
  • Department managers will require an abstract of their driving record for all drivers responsible for transporting passengers.

For college drivers the following steps must be followed.

  • Complete both Washington state 15- and 12-passenger van driver forms and Bellevue College training form.
  • Provide an abstract of driving record if transporting passengers.
  • Be free of any criminal traffic infractions or excessive minor traffic infractions within the past two years.
  • Provide copies of valid Washington state driver’s license and proof of valid insurance at least every two years. The driver must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and have two (2) years of driving experience.
  • Attend the basic drivers safety program within the sixty (60) day requirement at the times and place provided by public safety. Departments with a large number of drivers may also contact public safety to arrange for a specific department training to take place at their location.
  • Public safety will maintain attendance roster and all supporting documentation.
  • Drivers who fail to meet these requirements will not be authorized to drive any college owned, rented or leased vehicles.
  • College drivers also agree to all the following terms and conditions:
    • Never drive a vehicle while impaired through fatigue, drug or alcohol use or lack of sleep.
    • Not to use cell phones, blackberries or any other handheld communication device unless they are stopped in a safe location.
    • Not eat or drink in vehicle while driving.
    • Not use tobacco products in vehicle.
    • Not let anyone else into the vehicle without authorization – including other students, family, children, friends, pets, etc.
    • Not use college vehicles for personal use.
    • Ensure they and all passengers are securely seat belted before moving the vehicle.
    • Ensure that their license and proof of insurance is kept in the vehicle at all times.

Individual driving responsibilities maybe revoked or suspended by public safety for violating these procedures or as necessary to suit the needs of the college.

Public safety may authorize or deny designated driver based on past experience with an individual or activity.

Definitions

College Driver

  • A college employee, volunteer, or registered student designated as the official driver to and from an official college event or business activity and who has successfully completed the driver safety program. May also include public safety officers or employees from campus operations or other college administrators during official college business.

Passenger

  • Any person authorized to ride with a driver while engaged in official college business.

College Vehicle

  • Any college owned, rented, leased vehicle or any personally owned vehicle being used for official college business under the direction of the department manager.

Revision History

Original 10/21/2008
Revision 5/21/2009; 9/17/2012

Approved By

President’s Staff