SEC-001: 15-Passenger Vans

Date: 07/01/2004 Status: Final
Last Revised: 07/21/2021
Policy Type: University
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Finance, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Applies To:

Academic Division, the Medical Center, and the College at Wise.

Table of Contents:

Policy Statement

Reason for Policy:

To promote safety in response to the serious safety concerns brought to light by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Research Note of April 2001 entitled, “The Rollover Propensity of Fifteen-Passenger Vans” and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Division of Risk Management’s advisory of 7/20/01.

Definition of Terms in Statement:
  • Specialty Vehicle:

    A vehicle designed to transport 10 or more passengers.

Policy Statement:

Groups of high school and younger students in the University's care must not be transported in 12- and 15-passenger vans, or other specialty vehicles not meeting school bus standards. These standards can be found at CFR Title 49-Transportation Chapter V Part 571 Federal motor Vehicle Safety Standards 571.220-222.

15-passenger vans may not be purchased or rented, effective 3/12/02.

As of 7/1/04, the use of 15-passenger vans for passenger transportation is no longer permitted. This does not apply to mini-buses equipped with dual wheels on each end of the rear axle.

Compliance with Policy:
Failure to comply with the requirements of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion in accordance with relevant University policies.

Questions about this policy should be directed to the Office of Property & Liability Risk Management.

Related Information:

Driver Safety Recommendations
15 Passenger Vans

Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
Approved by, Date: Policy Review Committee, 05/10/2004
Revision History: Added Compliance section 7/21/21. Updated 4/8/11, 8/2/07.
Supersedes (previous policy):
VII.H.4, Phasing Out the Use of 15-Passenger Vans.