Fifteen-Passenger Van Policy
Drury University would prefer that organizations rent 12-passenger vans, however, in the event that a 15-passenger van is used please comply with the following.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a study, “The Rollover Propensity of Fifteen-Passenger Vans,” which concluded that the center of gravity on a fifteen-passenger van shifts rearward and upward, affecting stability of the van when it is heavily loaded. Here are some statistics from the study:
- Fifteen-passenger vans carrying ten or more occupants are three times more likely to roll over than those with fewer than five occupants.
- Fifteen-passenger vans overloaded with more than fifteen passengers have a 70 percent chance of a rollover.
All persons driving University owned, leased or rented 15-passenger vans are required to comply with the following:
- Have a valid driver’s license.
- Have a valid and clear Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) on file with the University. MVR forms can be found online or obtained from Jill Holmes in the Business Office.
- Be 21 years old or older and have at least five years of driving experience.
- Drive with courtesy and exercise reasonable caution to prevent accidents or property loss.
- Operate vehicles in accordance with all applicable University policies and follow all applicable local and state traffic laws. The University is not responsible for fines or citations received while driving on University business.
- Drive vehicles at lawful speeds that are appropriate to road, weather, and other conditions.
- Use vans for authorized and official purposes only.
- Not transport unauthorized passengers or permit any unauthorized person to drive the vehicle.
- Not operate a van when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications if they cause impairment.
- Remove the rear seat of the van and have no cargo stored in the seats space. This will put the weight toward the front of the van and limit the potential for rollover.
- Limit the number of passengers in a van to eleven or less, including the driver.
- Not use a roof rack. Carrying luggage on the roof will raise the center of gravity and increase the likelihood of rolling over. There should be no trailer towed.
- Not use cell phones or text while driving.
- Not drive between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00 am.
- Not drive more than 8 hours in a 24-hour period. If the drive is longer than 8 hours, another approved driver must take over the wheel.
- Take a 15 minute break after driving for two hours or a 30 minute break after driving four hours.
- Make sure that all passengers are wearing a seatbelt. NHTSA estimates that belted occupants of fifteen-passenger vans are 75 percent less likely to die in a rollover crash than those who are not wearing a seat belt.