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Policy on Operating Passenger Vans

  • All drivers of Hood College vans, or vans rented by the College must complete an “Authorization Form” and have a records check approved by our Human Resource Department before driving a vehicle.
  • Drivers must use their disgression in maintaining a safe speed. In addition, drivers should decrease speeds when dictated by adverse conditions. Under no circumstances should drivers exceed lower or higher posted speed limits.
  • The driver and all passengers must wear seat belts at all times.
  • The driver of a trip of five (5) hours or less driving time must take a break every two (2) hours. Fatigue is dangerous. If you get tired, don’t take a chance: take a break!
  • Non- Student Drivers(regardless of age) -Trips of 200 miles or more (one way) requires at least a fifteen (15) minute break every 2 1/2 hours traveled or every 200 miles. Student Drivers - Trips of 100 miles or more (one way) requires at least a 15 minute break for every hour and 15 minutes to every hour and a half of driving time.
  • Any trip longer then five (5) hours or 250 miles (one way) requires the use of a professional vehicle unless approved by the Director of Campus Safety.
  • Absolutely no alcohol and/or drug use is permitted in Hood College owned or leased vehicles. No one should drive within 12 hours after consuming alcohol.
  • Headlights will be ON when the vehicle is in motion.
  • The front passenger seat will be reserved for someone who will remain awake and monitor the driver/driving.
  • In times of forecasted inclement weather, the College President, and Director of Campus Safety must contact the traveling group to permit or cease further travel. The decision to discontinue travel may come from Department of Campus Safety, the respective department, or the designated drivers.