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University of Minnisota  Appendix

Vehicle Safety Board

Appendix to Policy

Purpose

The Vehicle Safety Board (VSB) establishes guidelines and rules to ensure the safe operation of system wide University Vehicles at all times. The VSB acts proactively in the development of driver eligibility standards to reduce the frequency of accidents involving road-licensed University vehicles, to meet liability insurance requirements and to conduct a regular review of all University vehicle-involved accidents.

Scope

The VSB:

  • establishes driver eligibility standards for employees driving on behalf of the University while conducting University business;
  • assesses the fleet inventory and the permitted and proposed uses of that inventory for liability and safety purposes;
  • conducts regular meetings to review and determine accident accountability, hears appeals regarding automatic restriction or elimination of student/employee driving eligibility based on accrual of accidents or incidents; and
  • provides recommendations for additional driver training or other actions to reduce liability risk in the operation of University vehicles statewide.

Authority

The VSB sets and maintains driving eligibility standards for employees/students driving on behalf of the University. The VSB may permanently restrict or eliminate a driver’s eligibility to operate a University road licensed vehicle. At its sole discretion, the VSB hears appeals on individual cases and may modify or waive restriction or elimination of driver eligibility.

Organization

The VSB is composed of a minimum of five (5) members. These members provide representation for the following areas.

  • University Health and Safety
  • University Services
  • University Police
  • Driver Supervisor
  • Primary Class Driver
  • Student Representative (as applicable)
  • Human Resources
  • System Campus(es) (as applicable)

The Fleet Finance and Operations Manager and the Director of Risk Management serve in advisory roles to the VSB as needed.

Additional details on VSB Operations are available at Fleet Services.

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