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Subject: Motor Vehicle Operator Guideline

Date: 01/06/2014

Revision: 1

Page: 5 of 6

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        Towing a trailer or other vehicles with a GVWR over 10,001 pounds, or

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        A gross combination weight (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more

  • Operation of a vehicle designed to transport 15 or more passengers.

  • Carrying hazardous materials in amounts requiring placarding.

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      Drivers applying to transport hazardous materials must undergo fingerprinting and a federal background record check as required by the USA Patriot Act. The Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) application process must be completed.

A DOT Medical Examiner’s Certification is necessary for the following situations:

  • Operation of a vehicle with a GVWR or GCWR of 10,001 pounds or more.

  • Operation of a vehicle designed to transport more than 15 passengers.

  • Operation of a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.

All vehicles with a GVWR greater than 10,000 pounds must be equipped with a fire extinguisher, safety triangles, and spare electrical fuses. It is the vehicle operators’ responsibility to assure all safety equipment is operational and fire extinguishers are inspected on a monthly basis and documented on the tag. If a tag is missing or the extinguisher needs service, call POCC at 7-2059 to have the Fire Extinguisher Shop correct it. Vehicles transporting hazardous waste must be inspected on a daily basis and the information recorded on inspection forms.

It may be necessary for some employees, depending on their job assignments to have both a Chauffeur license and a CDL. There are eligibility requirements for obtaining a CDL and a DOT medical card. The links for this information are provided in the Reference Regulation and Definition Sections of this document.

Note: Any driver who operates a commercial motor vehicle on roads or highways that are accessible to the public, must have a CDL regardless of the distance driven or amount of driving time.

PROCEDURES:

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    P&TS will need to identify the driver licensing requirements when new vehicles are obtained.

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    When departments take possession of vehicles, it is their responsibility to assure their employees are properly licensed through the Michigan Secretary of State Office and the medical cards are obtained through the OHS Clinic. To operate University of Michigan vehicles, only a medical card issued by OHS will be

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