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Use of College Vehicles

Section 6.I – Use of College Vehicles

Vehicles owned, rented, or leased by the College are provided to assist faculty and staff in carrying out their responsibilities to the institution. Only approved College employees are allowed to drive College vehicles. Students are not permitted to drive any College vehicle unless it is authorized and required to fulfill course requirements as defined by the student learning outcomes.

Any employee who will be driving a College vehicle must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license and any special licenses to the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Operations prior to driving a vehicle. The College reserves the right to deny the use of vehicles to anyone. College vehicles may not be used for personal business or pleasure. Drivers must abide by all applicable motor vehicle and traffic laws and regulations and are personally responsible for any traffic violations. Drugs and alcohol must not be consumed or transported in College vehicles. Any employee found operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, medication that induces drowsiness, or drugs will have their driving privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, as well as possible civil and/or criminal prosecution to the full extent of the law. In addition, the use of tobacco products is prohibited in any vehicle. The College requires that all occupants use their seat belts in accordance with the North Carolina mandatory seat belt law.

Pre-trip inspections of College vehicles must be performed by drivers at the beginning of each trip and any deficiencies or problems must be reported in writing to the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Operations. Unless otherwise noted, all maintenance and repairs of vehicles should be scheduled and arranged by the Office of the Vice President. All accidents must be reported to the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Operations as soon as possible. If personal injury or property damage is involved, the police and/or State Highway Patrol should be notified immediately. The College reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips with College vehicles due to weather and road conditions.

(approved July 16, 2018)