Last Revised: 
August 10, 2012

The following policy is written for use of passenger vans/buses, defined as 12 passenger vans and passenger buses with a seating capacity of 10 or greater. Effective July 1, 2002, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln no longer purchases 15 passenger vans, instead purchases 12 passenger vans. Effective October 1, 2008 use of 15 passenger vans (extended wheelbase or extended length vans) is not permitted.

In order to use a passenger van/bus on University business either through Transportation Services, department owned, personally owned or from an outside vendor the following policy applies:

Only UNL faculty, staff, and students that are 21 years or older may operate a passenger van/bus while on University Business. Effective April 1, 2011 drivers that are at least 19 years but not yet 21 may qualify to operate a passenger van/bus within the city limits of Lincoln NE if they meet the following special requirements.

  • Driver is at least 19 years of age (younger drivers are not eligible)
  • Driver has held an operators permit a minimum of 12 months prior to turning 19 years of age
  • MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) must be free of any moving violation convictions in the last three years
  • MVR will be checked every six months and any moving violation convictions will bar them from operating a passenger van/bus on University business.
  • Driver must complete the University provided van driver training program
  • Driver must obtain a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) with a passenger endorsement

Note: If an approved 19 or 20 year old driver operates a passenger van/bus outside the city limits of Lincoln NE, the driver will no longer be authorized to drive a passenger van/bus on University business.

Effective May 1, 2007, in order to be approved to drive on University business all drivers must have submitted their first & last name, date of birth, divers' license number and the employing departments cost object to Transportation Services. Note: The department employing the driver is responsible for all fees required to obtain driving records. Student drivers who are not UNL employees are responsible for all fees required to obtain driving records.

Driving records will be checked annually for all drivers (21 years or older) of passenger vans/buses.

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 - Lincoln (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. When a van/bus is operated on a published on campus bus route, passenger seat belts are recommended, but not required. Driver and van front seat passenger are required to always wear seat belts.

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.

No roof racks or trailer hitches will be allowed on a passenger van/bus.

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 transportation policies may be referred to Transportation Services, (402) 472-2422.