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Van Safety Guidelines

Passenger vans (especially 15 passenger vans), sport utility, suburban type and towing vehicles, have different driving characteristics than other commonly driven passenger vehicles. The risk of rollover substantially increases when these vehicles are operated fully loaded, in certain weather conditions and in certain high speed maneuvers.

To more effectively manage the safe operation of these vehicles, the University mandates drivers successfully complete an online training program (VISUM) prior to operating them. It is the responsibility of the department that has stewardship of these vehicles to report any additions or deletions to the online driver program on a semester–by-semester basis.


Drivers seeking to operate any of these type vehicles MUST MEET the following conditions:


The University reserves the right to deny a person the privilege to operate a State owned/leased/rented vehicle, including van type vehicles, when a determination is made that such denial is in the best interest of the University. The basis of such determination is not limited to driver information received from the DMV LENS program.

Drivers may be denied vehicle operation if they have been:


Drivers assigned these types of vehicles type vehicles MUST:

The State University has been granted an exemption from Section 19A of the Vehicle and Traffic Law which places additional requirements (CDL [commercial driver’s license]) on individuals who drive certain vehicles more than 29 days a year.

To obtain access to the VISUM on-line training for potential drivers, please contact Mickey Loveria, Purchasing Department at Click here for DMV License Event Notification Consent Forms.

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Last Updated: 11/17/09