University of California, San Diego
AUXILIARY & PLANT SERVICES
June 4, 2004
ALL STUDENTS AT UCSD
Fleet Services has been conducting 15-passenger van safety training classes for two years because of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) determination that 15-passenger vans are unsafe in certain circumstances. The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) is now requesting us to comply, as follows:
* Abide by the NHTSA's policy that preschool and K-12 age children not be transported in 15-passenger vans. These recommendations are consistent with what insurers are now requiring of other customers with large van fleets.
* Require drivers of all 15-passenger vans to obtain a Class B License by January 1, 2005; no operators after that date without a Class B License will be authorized to operate 15-passenger vans. This measure applies to all university owned vans, as well as leased or rented vans.
We recognize the burden the 15-passenger van restriction may place on your programs; however it is prudent for us to employ measures that will mitigate the risk of accident and injury that the university faces with these vehicles in our fleet. Please contact Dennis Bell at Fleet Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.