Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015


1.0
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

The Colorado School of Mines (“Mines” or “the University”) withdrew from the State Fleet
Program on July 1, 2008, and established the campus vehicle fleet service under
Facilities Management operations. The purpose of the fleet is to assist Mines’ personnel
in performing daily operations.


2.0
DEFINITIONS

2.1
Vehicle Fleet Manager – The designated individual responsible for planning,
directing, managing, coordinating, and supervising programs for the acquisition,
assignment, utilization, maintenance and repair, replacement, and disposal of the
university fleet. The manager serves as the primary contact for all Mines’ fleet
management.

2.2
Vehicle Custodian (VC) – The appointed individual listed on inventory records
as property custodian (department head, director, dean, or chairperson.)

2.3
Department Vehicle Coordinator (DVC) – The individual appointed by the
property custodian to coordinate all vehicle use reports, maintain copies of
drivers licenses, inspects and reports damages to fleet vehicles under their care,
Tracks purchases, transfers, and deletions. Provides Information to VC and Fleet
Manager as requested. The coordinator serves as primary contact with the
Mines’ Fleet Management Office. Departmental Vehicle coordinator designation
form (Attachment E)

2.4
Vehicle Operator (VO) – The individual who operates the vehicle and is
responsible for the cleaning and daily upkeep of their Fleet vehicle including
monitoring fluid levels and daily inspections for safety concerns. Reports all
concerns to the DVC. Vehicle Operator approval request form (Attachment A)


3.0
POLICY

Facilities Management is responsible for overseeing the administration of the Mines’
vehicle fleet program, including, but not limited to, the procurement, licensing,
maintenance, repair, records maintenance, and disposal of Mines’ vehicles and the
procedures, standards, and forms related to the program. This policy applies to the
entire Mines’ fleet, including department vehicles, and to all Mines’ personnel (including
faculty, staff, student-employees, volunteers, contractors) performing duties or services
for the Colorado School of Mines and to adhere to federal and state laws or regulations
regarding the ownership and operation of the vehicles.
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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015


4.0
PROCEDURES & STANDARDS

4.1
Fleet Vehicle Operation

4.1.1. Official Business Only. Mines’ vehicles are for use in official Mines’
business only. Operators of Mines’ vehicles are subject to all traffic laws
and regulations established by the local jurisdictions through which they
travel, and are accountable for any parking or moving violations received.

4.1.2. Mines’ employees only. Only Mines’ employees may drive Mines’
vehicles. This includes faculty, staff, and student- employees, or properly
vetted volunteers, provided they are acting within the scope of their
duties. Vehicles are not to be used for personal business or pleasure
under any circumstances. Friends and/or family members (e.g. spouse,
children) may not ride in Mines’ vehicles, unless they are Mines’
employees acting within the scope of their duties, which must be official
Mines’ business. Public Safety vehicles are exempt from this for the
purpose of “ride along”. Exceptions to section regarding operators or
passengers require advanced submission and approval of the Vehicle
Fleet Manager.

4.1.3. Safety. Al occupants, including the Vehicle Operator, are required
to wear seat belts. Persons operating Mines’ vehicles shall not be under
the influence of, nor use or consume alcohol, il egal substances, legal or
prescribed substances (e.g. marijuana, prescribed or over the counter
medications) that might impair the operator’s ability to safely operate a
motor vehicle.

.
Smoking or use of any tobacco products is not allowed in any Mines’
vehicle at any time. Mines’ vehicles shall not be taken out of the
Continental United States.

Mines does not allow earphones or headphones of any type to be worn
by a person operating a Mines’ vehicle. This includes, but is not limited to
MP3 players, CD players, DVD players, and phones. Cell phones are not
to be used while operating motor vehicles or machinery of any kind.
(Public Safety officers are exempt from this requirement when acting in
their official capacity responding to emergency or other calls for service.)

In the case of an incoming business call while operating a motor vehicle,
the employee must safely pul off the roadway and come to a stop before
accepting the call. Alternatively, the employee may allow voicemail to
accept the call, and listen to the message as soon as possible when he or
she is safely off the roadway and at a complete stop.
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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015


4.1.4. Accident reporting. Vehicle Operators are responsible for reporting all
accidents or any damage to Mines’ vehicles to Facilities Management. In
case of an accident, it is the Vehicle Operator's responsibility to notify the
proper authorities immediately.

4.2
Vehicle Operator Authorization

4.2.1. Authorization. The department head, to which the vehicle is assigned,
wil authorize the use of Mines’ vehicles. Such use will be confined strictly
to faculty, staff, and students conducting official business for Mines that
directly relates to the academic, research, and/or administrative
responsibility of the department involved.

4.2.2 Approval. The vast majority of property damage, personal injury, and
death from motor vehicle collisions are directly attributable to driver error.
It is a privilege and a serious responsibility to operate a Mines’ vehicle,
particularly when there are passengers involved. For this reason, Mines
reserves the right to be highly selective in approving faculty, staff, and
student drivers of Mines’ vehicles, including those vehicles that Mines’
owns, leases, borrows, or rents.

4.2.3. Driver License. Al Vehicle Operators must possess a valid Colorado
driver license or a valid driver license from another state appropriate for
the class of vehicle being operated and approved by the DVC. The
Mines’ Vehicle Operator Approval Request (Attachment A) shal be used
for this purpose. This form must be completed, signed, routed as
instructed thereon, and approval granted BEFORE operating a Mines’
vehicle. The Mines’ Fleet Management Office will use the information
contained in the three-year motor vehicle record provided by the
appropriate state agency and use the rating system in the Vehicle
Operator Rating Evaluation Form (Attachment B) to determine whether
driving privileges will be approved or denied.

4.2.4. Annual Record Check. All approved Operators will be subject to an
annual driver record information check (or its equivalent) through the
appropriate state licensing agency and approval renewal to ensure each
operator continues to possess a valid driver license and has a driver
record consistent with continued approved driver status. The driver record
information will reflect the driver’s three-year driving history and the
record will be ordered from the appropriate state agency.

4.2.5. Vehicle Operator List. The requesting department will coordinate with the
Mines’ Fleet Management Office to submit a list of Vehicle Operators to
be considered for renewal of approved Operator status, an annual driver
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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

license record check using the Mines’ Vehicle Operator Approval Request
(Attachment A) and, if necessary, the Delete Approved Operator Form
(Attachment C). All associated costs will be the responsibility of the
department requesting driver approval.

4.2.6. License requirement. Some vehicles and positions require the employee
to maintain a Class A or B driver license. Individuals requiring a Class A
or B driver license must comply with all state regulations pertaining to the
driver license they maintain, including Drug and Alcohol/Health testing for
Individuals Requiring a Commercial Driver License.

If an employee's position requires him or her to operate a motor vehicle,
failure to maintain approved driver status may result in administrative
action and/or termination.

4.3
Vehicle Operator Qualifications

4.3.1. Qualifications for Operators of all motor vehicles owned, rented, leased
by, or loaned to the system or its components are as follows:

• Must possess a valid Colorado driver license or license from another
U.S. state or the District of Columbia appropriate for the class of
vehicle being operated;

• Must have held a valid driver license, as defined in (1) above, for at
least two years and have attained 18 years of age. The two-year
experience requirement may be satisfied by providing an English
translation of the official driving record from the individual’s home
country or the equivalent thereof;

• Must comply with annual driver record information check (or its
equivalent);

• Must achieve an “approved” status using the Vehicle Operator Rating
Evaluation Form (Attachment B);

• Must report all driving violations or convictions and any license
revocations, suspensions, or reinstatements, following revocations or
suspensions to their immediate supervisor within five business days of
the occurrence. This includes violations, convictions, suspensions,
and revocations that result from driving a privately owned vehicle.
Approval to drive a Mines’ vehicle may not be granted for one year
following reinstatement of a revoked license; and

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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

• Driving records wil be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case
basis to determine severity of infractions such as DUI, reckless
driving, speeding, etc., when determining approval and or maintaining
eligibility to operate Mines’ vehicles.

4.3.2. Van Operators. Additional qualifications for Operators of vans equipped
for 15-passengers or extended cargo include the following:

• Must be at least 21 years of age and have held a valid driver license,
as defined above, for at least two years:
• Successfully complete a 15-passenger driver training course
scheduled and provided by the DVC:
• Successfully complete a 15-passenger refresher training annually
scheduled and provided by the DVC.
See 15 Passenger van inspection and checklist (Attachment F)

4.4
Vehicle Operator Conduct

Those who operate a Mines’ vehicle represent the Colorado School of Mines to
the public. The image conveyed does affect Mines; therefore, the following
conduct is required:

• Mines’ vehicles shall not be used for personal transportation or business;

• No alcoholic beverages, legal or il egal drugs, appropriately prescribed or
over-the-counter medication that may impair an operator’s ability shal be
used or consumed prior to or during the use of the Mines’ vehicle;

• No transportation of alcoholic beverages, il egal drugs, or those items
barred by Mines’ policy shal be stored or transported in any Mines’
vehicle;

• Smoking is not authorized in any Mines’ vehicle;

• No unauthorized passenger(s) shal be transported in a Mines’ vehicle
(see section 4.1.2 above);

• Mines’ vehicles shal be kept clean and to not present an unfavorable
image to the general public;

• Number of passengers shal not exceed the authorized capacity of the
vehicle (the capacity of a vehicle can typically be determined by counting
the number of available seat belts);

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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

• Vehicle Operator is responsible for all occupants wearing the appropriate
restraints;

• Text messaging, reading e-mails or applications, composing e-mails, or
using a mobile device while operating the Mines’ vehicle is not
authorized;

• Vehicle Operator is responsible to observe all traffic rules and regulations;

• When a vehicle is damaged through operator misuse or is operated by a
person under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the department head
employing the operator wil be furnished a complete statement of the
circumstances and a copy of the police report for the appropriate
administrative action; and

• Citations for all parking and traffic violations wil be the personal
responsibility of the operator. Vehicle operators must notify their
supervisors when they have received any type of citation relating to
vehicle operation.

4.5
Fleet Vehicle Acquisition

4.5.1. Fleet size. Colorado School of Mines will not increase the size of the
vehicle fleet except in cases of documented need resulting from program
growth or changes. When additional vehicles are necessary, the vehicle
custodian will provide a memo stating the need for the increase that has
been approved by the appropriate Vice President or Provost to the Mines’
Fleet Manager.

4.5.2. Possession. Department may have possession of vehicles on a long-
term basis if such a need exists. Justification for the acquisition of a
vehicle must be provided in writing to Facilities Management, with
approvals of the appropriate Dean, Vice President or Provost. Facilities
Management must approve all vehicle procurements prior to acquisition
to ensure adherence to al applicable State rules and Mines’ policies. Al
departmental vehicles must be titled and registered through the
Department of Motor Vehicle by the Facilities Management Department.

4.5.3. Financial Obligations. Al financial obligations, including acquisition costs,
licensing fees, fuel, maintenance, repairs, parking, and any supplemental
insurance costs are the responsibility of the department that "owns" the
vehicle. Fuel may be obtained at the Mines’ Motor Pool. Charges for
fuel dispensed on campus at the Motor Pool pump will be charged to the
department budget. To purchase fuel from off-campus vendors,
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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

departments should contact the Controller’s office for the proper
procedures.

4.5.4. Repairs. Al repairs and maintenance of departmental vehicles wil be
charged to the department by pass through bil ing. There will be no
charge for labor on repairs and maintenance performed at the Mines’
Motor Pool; charges wil be for parts, materials, and supplies only. Any
work performed by an outside vendor wil be charged by pass through
bil ing for all costs including labor.

Departments will be notified when a vehicle is to be scheduled for
preventive maintenance. Any requests for service should be directed to
the Mines’ Facilities Management office or through the work order
system. Al requests for work to be performed by an outside vendor must
be approved in advance by Mines’ Motor Pool.

4.5.5. Replacement. Al vehicles within the Mines’ fleet will be evaluated for
replacement on an annual basis, Owning department will be notified by
the Fleet Manager of major issues and need for replacement, with
recommended replacement schedule. It is the responsibility of the
departments owning the vehicle to develop a replacement budget to
replace aging vehicles. Vehicles wil be prioritized for replacement based
on age, condition, number of miles on vehicle, usage, repair costs, and
fuel efficiency.

4.5.6. Documentation. All original vehicle titles and registration receipts will be
acquired and maintained by Facilities Management.

4.6
Vehicle Replacement Criteria

The following guidelines provide minimum replacement goals for the routine
replacement of vehicles within the Mines’ fleet. These goals are structured to
minimize fleet capital and operating costs.

4.6.1. Transfer. Vehicles may be transferred from one department to another
within Mines with the approval of the Mines’ Fleet Manager, VC, and
DVC. Transfer vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition and not
increase the receiving departmental vehicle inventory unless documented
approval is obtained from the appropriate Dean, Vice President, or
Provost.

4.6.2. Inventory. Al Mines’ vehicles transferred from inventory must comply
with the procedures set by the Mines’ procurement department and
will be handled by the Mines’ Fleet Manager.

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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

4.7
Donated Vehicles

Vehicles may be accepted for donation to Mines only with the prior approval of
the Vehicle Fleet Manager.

4.8
Insurance

All Mines’ vehicles are insured for liability through the Colorado Division of Risk
Management. Liability insurance covers Mines’ vehicles only when they are
being used for official school business. Insurance coverage does not include
personal injury protection (PIP) or medical coverage. Facilities Management
maintains a comprehensive and collision insurance policy for all Mines’ vehicles
over $7,500 in retail value, as determined by the current Kelly Blue Book.
Departments possessing a vehicle whose value exceeds this amount will be
required to have their vehicle added to the FM comprehensive and collision
insurance policy and the cost wil be charged back to the department by pass
thru bil ing. When a vehicle’s value drops below $7,500, comprehensive and
collision coverage wil be terminated. If a department wishes to extend coverage
on a lower value vehicle, a request should be made in writing to the Fleet Manger
prior to coverage being dropped.

4.9
Accidents

4.9.1. Accident Notification. When an accident occurs, the driver must notify the
proper authorities immediately. Mines’ Police can be reached at
303.273.3333. For Golden Police, other agencies, or if an injury is
involved, call 911. Al accidents should also be reported immediately to
Facilities Management at 303.273.3330. Vehicle registration, accident
report form, and proof of insurance are in the blue pouch kept in each
vehicle.

4.9.2. Accident Reports: At the time of the accident, or as soon as possible
thereafter, the Vehicle Operator must fil out the accident report form
making notes of the following information and submit the form to Facilities
Management:

 Nature and extent of the accidental damage to all property and
vehicles involved;
 Names and addresses of any other drivers involved;
 Make, model and license numbers of other vehicles involved;
 Date, time and place of the accident;
 Names and addresses of anyone injured, and the nature of their
injuries; and
 Names, addresses, and contact information of any witnesses.
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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015


4.9.3. Employee’s Statement: At the time of the accident, or as soon as
possible thereafter, the Vehicle Operator must document the events of
the accident in a summary statement and submit that statement to
Facilities Management along with the Accident Report. The Vehicle Fleet
Manager or his or her designee is responsible for forwarding the reports
to the Mines’ Risk Manager in a timely manner.


5.0
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND SECURITY

5.1.
Vehicle Maintenance.

5.1.1. Preventive maintenance (PM) for Mines’ vehicles wil be performed at the
Mines’ Motor Pool. Repairs or maintenance beyond the scope of the
Motor Pool’s regular operations may be performed by an outside vendor
at the discretion of Facilities Management. PM wil be performed for each
vehicle every six (6) months. A PM schedule and repair file for each
vehicle wil be kept at the Motor Pool and Facilities Management offices.

5.1.2. Other maintenance. In between scheduled maintenance, it is the driver’s
responsibility to ensure that vehicles are kept in a safe, operating
condition. When vehicles are fueled, drivers should check the motor oil
level, as well as perform a visual inspection to ensure that tires are
inflated properly, and all lights are in working condition.

5.1.3. Departmental responsibility. Each department is responsible to ensure
that vehicles are operated properly, cared for, and used in compliance
with all applicable Mines’ policies and procedures.

5.1.4. Breakdown. In the event of a vehicle break down off campus, Facilities
Management should be notified immediately. If towing and/or repairs are
required, Facilities Management must approve them in advance.

5.1.5. Vehicle operators are responsible for inspection of the unit before and
after operation. All defects discovered during inspections or during actual
operation should be noted and reported at the completion of the day. Any
deficiency that would cause further damage to the vehicle, render it
unsafe, or present a hazard should be reported immediately.

5.1.6. Minimum Checks. As a minimum, the following vehicle checks should be
accomplished on a weekly basis, including:

 Tire condition and pressure;
 Leaks (any kind);
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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

 Engine oil level;
 Belts; all hoses;
 Radiator coolant level;
 Battery fluid level;
 Hydraulic oil level;
 Transmission oil level;
 Lights/signals;
 Fuel;
 Windshield washer fluid level;
 Front and rear license plates;
 Check all gauges;
 Brakes;
 Windshield wipers; and
 Test the horn.

5.1.7. Failure to perform operational checks may result in breakdowns or
damage to the vehicle. Hours of lost vehicle time could be reduced if
each driver operates Mines’ vehicles in a professional and cautious
manner.


5.2
Vehicle Security.

5.2.1. Disabled vehicles. Vehicles that become disabled on the road must be
secured with all possible precautions taken to prevent theft or vandalism.
In the event that a vehicle cannot be secured in its present location, the
Operator wil have the vehicle towed to a facility where it can be secured
until assistance arrives. The operator is responsible for the vehicle
security. Vehicles will not be left along highways or in any area where
vandalism would be easily accomplished.

5.2.2. Secure vehicles. The security of Mines’ vehicles and their contents is the
responsibility of the operator. When vehicles are left unattended for any
reason, remove the keys from the ignition, set the parking brake, and lock
the vehicle.


6.0 UTILITY VEHICLES

Utility vehicles are defined as small-sized electric, gasoline or diesel powered service
vehicles. They are not “road worthy” and are intended for use for travel within the Mines’
campus only.

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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

6.1
Utility Vehicle Operation.

6.1.1 Appropriate Care. Since utility vehicles are slow moving vehicles, they
should be treated as such, and great care should be taken whenever
being operated on a public thoroughfare such as campus streets and
sidewalks. Whenever possible, Utility vehicles should be operated on
campus paved surfaces, rather than on turf areas.

6.1.2. Legal requirements. Pursuant to Colorado Motor Vehicle statutes, all
employees operating utility vehicles must possess a current, valid driver’s
license, which must be in his/her possession at all, times during the
operation of a utility vehicle. In addition, all employees operating a
vehicle must adhere to all applicable vehicle and traffic laws of the State
of Colorado. Any accidents involving any Mines’ vehicle, including utility
vehicles, must be reported immediately to Campus Police and Facilities
Management as provided in this policy.

6.1.3. Replacement. Utility vehicles tend to be much more fuel-efficient than
larger vehicles. Consequently, when vehicle replacement is necessary,
utility type vehicles wil be given priority consideration whenever possible.
Requirements for Utility Vehicles (Attachment D)

6.2
Golf Cart-Type Utility Vehicles

6.1.1. Restricted area. The usage of Mines’ golf cart-type utility vehicles,
whether gas or electric powered, are restricted to the general boundaries
of the main campus. These vehicles may use Maple and 12th Streets to
access the Athletic Complex. However, golf cart-type vehicles may never
be used to cross US Highway 6, 19th Street, or Washington Avenue.

6.1.2. Use on Premises Only. Use of these types of vehicles outside of the
general boundaries of the main campus (i.e., Idaho Springs) is not
allowed.

6.1.3. Operation. These vehicles should be used primarily on campus streets
and the operator must obey all traffic rules and regulations. The vehicles
may be carefully used on campus sidewalks and paths if necessary, but
should be driven slowly and always yield the right of way to pedestrians.

6.1.4. Parking. When parking these vehicles, use “service vehicle” spaces if
possible; alternatively, if no service vehicle space is available, you may
park the vehicle in gravel or grass landscaped areas, if this can be
accomplished without damaging the landscaped area. These vehicles
should never be parked in reserved parking lots, restricted “Special
Permit Areas,” handicapped spaces or the hatched areas at handicapped
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Vehicle Fleet Policy
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Finance & Administration


Policy Contact:
Issued: April 2008
Director of Facilities Management

gbowerso@mines.edu


Revised: April 2015

spaces, loading zones, fire lanes, signed “No Parking” zones or on
sidewalks or paths.

7.0
RENTAL/SPECIAL VEHICLE NEEDS

If departments require short-term use of vehicles, they may arrange for rentals through
the Mines’ Travel Policy. Facilities Management does not maintain a rental or loaner
fleet of vehicles available for departments.


8.0
FORMS

Attachment A Vehicle Operator Approval Request
Attachment B Vehicle Operator Rating Evaluation Form
Attachment C Delete Approved Operator Form
Attachment D Requirements for Utility Vehicles
Attachment E Departmental Vehicle Coordinator Designation Form
Attachment F 15-Passenger Van Inspection Checklist


9.0
REVIEW CYCLE AND HISTORY

This policy and procedure shall be reviewed at least every two years by the responsible
administrative unit.

Adopted April 2008
Revised April 2011
Revised April 2015.
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