Whitman College Fleet Services
Whitman College Fleet Services
Please read & agree to the WC Driver Use Policiesv. July 1, FY2022-23
& Requestor Responsibilities, planning the trip
Driver Responsibilities, during the trip
In case of accidents or
Driver Responsibilities, at the end of the trip
Driver Authorization, Driver eligibility requirements
- All drivers must be an employee or a
student at Whitman College.
- All drivers must be fully vaccinated
and comply with all COVID-19 precautions.
- All drivers must be at least 19 years
of age and have at least three years of experience (as demonstrated by
license issue date).
- All drivers must have contacted
Environmental Health and Safety to arrange for a Motor Vehicle Record Check
(MVR) in the state(s) where the driver has lived for the past two years.
- All drivers must have received a
positive rating from their MVR.
- All drivers must enroll and complete
Whitman College’s Defensive Driving course.
drivers of Turtle Top vehicles must complete an additional course and an
in-person driving practice to become certified to drive 10+ passenger vehicles.
All driving courses are organized by the Environmental Health and Safety Department.
Driver & Requestor Responsibilities, planning the trip:
All trips using Whitman College-owned vehicles must have a process in place to communicate a real-time roster to the
appropriate personnel in case of emergencies.
The roster should include, but
not be limited to the below information.
- The destination with GPS Coordinates (Copy+Code)
- All occupants' full name, WID#
- Faculty/Staff/ Trip leader information
- Course Name
- On-campus contact person who is aware
of the Field Trip.
All trip locations should be approved
by the requestor and driver. The
Turtle Top Vans are not recommended to be used for off-road travel, for
extended driving on snow or ice, or when large accumulations of snow could be
expected. The vans are easily damaged by rough roads and the group
responsible for the rental will be charged for any incurred damage.**
in the winter should check weather and road conditions for their planned
route prior to departure. If the conditions are dangerous and there is no
available alternate route, the trip should be canceled. Trips canceled due to
weather may not be charged a late cancel fee.
Fatigue is dangerous. If you get
tired, don’t take a chance-take a break. Driver restrictions:
must take breaks every two hours.
o Any trip
longer than five hours requires at least two drivers per vehicle.
one may drive for more than three hours, or more than two three-hour shifts each
time a driver begins to feel drowsy they must stop and either change drivers or
take a short rest break.
All programs are strongly discouraged
from traveling more than 600 miles or 12 hours in one day.
All programs should avoid driving
between 12 am-6 am.
The requestor or driver should cancel
reservations at least 2 business days in advance or a one-day rental fee
may be assessed. Cancellations may be
completed on the Agile Fleet Commander Site or by calling 509-527-5999.
You may leave a message after hours.
Responsibilities, during the trip
- The driver will ensure that the passengers
are following current on-campus COVID protocols at all times.
- The driver will tell the occupants where
the disinfecting supplies are located and encourage occupants to disinfect
their hands every time each occupant enters or exits the vehicle.
- The driver will ensure that passengers
wear seatbelts at all times.
- All cargo must be stowed and secured
in the designated area prior to the vehicle moving.
- Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are
permitted in vehicles. No one should drive under the influence of these
pets are allowed in vehicles unless they are service animals. Service Animals must be approved before the
- No smoking is allowed in vehicles.
- Drivers shall not exceed 65mph. In
addition, drivers should decrease speed when dictated by adverse conditions.
Under no circumstances should drivers exceed the lower speed limit when more
than one speed limit is posted.
- Cell phone use is not allowed by a
driver when the driver is operating a vehicle.
- Headlights must be on while the
vehicle is in motion.
- The front passenger seat shall be
reserved for someone who must remain awake and monitor the driver, roads,
weather, and traffic.
- Snow/Ice/Frost on Windows - It is the
responsibility of the driver to ensure all windows in the vehicle are clear
of snow, ice and frost before the vehicle is driven. Do not drive without fully
cleared windows. Identify the defroster and other essential components before departure.
case of accidents or vehicle problems:
- Call Facilities Services
Office at (509) 527-5999 for assistance. After hours, please call
the Facilities Mechanic cell phone at (509) 386-0046.
- Do not attempt to change a flat
tire on a Turtle Top Mini Bus. Jacks are not provided for them and you
must call a professional service. Suburban SUVs or the Passenger Van You
may change a tire on either a Suburban SUV or a Passenger Van; jacks and a
spare tire are provided for these vehicles.
- All Whitman College
vehicles are insured. When renting a non-Whitman vehicle for official business,
you are still covered under this policy and should decline any insurance
offered by the rental agency.
Vehicle: Contact your department head or administrative assistant to
obtain a copy of an insurance card that you can take with you when using a
rental vehicle from an outside agency.
Vehicle: Each vehicle has a current registration certificate
and a copy of the vehicle's insurance card in the glove compartment.
- To avoid vehicle issues,
make sure you fully understand the vehicle components and where they are
located, including, but not limited to: headlights, defroster, flares, jack,
chains, mirror adjustment, seat adjustments, insurance cards, and registration,
the end of the trip:
The driver will drive the vehicle back
to the Rental Fleet Parking Area located at Facility Services, 804 Penrose
Street. Please pull the vehicle forward until it touches the parking
bumper. Never back in vehicles.
Once parked, the driver will:
Check for any left belongings.
Ensure all windows are closed and locked.
Place any loose garbage in the vehicle
Remove the garbage bag from the
Update the ending mileage and the date
& time on the travel sheet (A fee will be charged if you do not provide
Place all keys and paperwork in the
Throw the garbage bag into the large
trash cans located near the Service Window.
Give the Travel bag to Facilities or
After-Hour Return Steps– If the vehicle will be returning after Rental Fleet Services business hours, the driver must provide follow these additional steps:
the trip’s Itinerary before departing to email@example.com
- 20-30 minutes before arriving at the
Facilities Parking lot, a passenger should call Security to inform them of the
Please remember that vehicle return is Security’s second
priority over safety issues on campus. We appreciate your patience and