The following policy is written for use of passenger vans/buses, passenger vans and passenger buses with a seating capacity of 10 or greater.
Use or purchase of extended wheelbase or extended length 15 passenger vans is not permitted.
In order to use a passenger van/bus on University business either through University Fleet Management, department owned, personally owned or from an outside vendor the following policy applies:
Only University faculty, staff, and students that are 21 years or older may operate a passenger van/bus while on university business. For local travel only, University Fleet Management's director may grant van driver age exceptions.
In order to be approved to drive on University business all drivers must have submitted a request to drive on university business. Note: The department employing the driver is responsible for all fees required to obtain driving records. Student drivers who are not University employees are responsible for all fees required to obtain driving records.
Driving records will be monitored monthly for all authorized drivers.
In order to drive any 12 passenger van, all passenger van drivers must have taken and passed the van driver training program offered by the University of Nebraska (valid for 36 months). Approved van driver training programs (University of Nebraska – Kearney Safety Center and Oklahoma State University passenger van training) are valid for 24 months. All passenger buses with a capacity greater than 15 passengers require a CDL with a passenger endorsement. In order for passenger endorsed CDL holders to operate a 12 passenger van outside the city limits of Lincoln NE, they must pass the van driver training program and be at least 21 years of age.
The occupancy of the van/bus (including the driver) shall be no greater than 12 persons for 12 passenger vans or the rated passenger bus capacity. All van occupants must wear seat belts at all times; therefore, van occupancy shall never exceed seat belt capacity.
No van/bus may be operated for more than four hours between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am for any continuous trip. A continuous trip is defined as the point of origin to the final destination.
Roof racks and/or trailer hitches are never allowed on passenger vans or buses.
The maximum speed on a passenger van is 70MPH or the posted limit (whichever is lower). The maximum speed on a passenger bus will be 65 MPH or the posted limit (whichever is lower).
All other University policies and rules for vehicle usage will apply in addition to the special provisions listed above for the passenger van/bus.
Questions regarding this policy and other University vehicle policies may be referred to University Fleet Management, (402) 472-2422.