The driver of a 15-passenger van that is university-owned, rented, or leased and is used for university business must meet the following requirements:
- 21 years of age or over
- possess a valid Alberta Class 4 driver's license (or equivalent license from other province or the U.S.)*
- meet all other driver requirements
- must be trained and experienced
- should be well rested
- limit drive time for each driver to eight hours per 24-hour period
- limit conversations with passengers
- avoid cell phone use during operation of the vehicle.
- National Safety Code requirements:
- must complete a driver's daily log book
- vehicle must be inspected by the operator on a daily basis prior to operation on a public roadway. The driver must complete a daily inspection report. Where no items are determined to be defective the driver can proceed to operate the vehicle. Where items have been identified that can affect the safe operation of the vehicle, repairs are to be conducted and proof of work recorded and retained by the department.
*Contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding exceptions to the Class 4 driver's license equivalency requirement.
Loading and Usage Requirements
Inspect the tires for tread-wear and check tire pressure before each use to ensure that it meets the manufacturers specifications.
Usage of roof racks is not allowed.
When the van is not full, passengers should be seated in seats that are in front of the rear axle.
All occupants must wear seat belts at all times while the vehicle is moving. It is the responsibility of the driver to enforce this policy.
Renting a 15-Passenger Van
Vehicles must have an electronic stability control system. This feature is now available as a standard feature on most models for Ford and GM and has been recommended by government agencies that have studied crash causation.
Purchasing a University-owned 15-passenger Van
University departments purchasing 15-passenger vans after July 1, 2008 must ensure that such vehicles have the following:
- electronic stability control system. This feature is now available as a standard feature on most models for Ford and GM and has been recommended by government agencies that have studied crash causation
- mirror extenders (factory or after-factory)
- it is preferable to have a tire inflation monitoring system as well.
15-passenger vans require an annual inspection and certification through the Motor Pool to be in compliance with Alberta regulations.