Transportation

Information on policies and procedures for Mountaineers' managed and owned vehicles, defensive driving, and reserving vehicles.

The Mountaineers manages two vehicles to be used solely for official Mountaineers business and programs and not for personal use. For specific information on vehicle use, please start by reading the Mountaineers Transportation Policies and Procedures document. Below outlines requirements for driving Mountaineers managed vehicles, taking the Defensive Driving training, requesting a vehicle, and vehicle use. If you have questions please email Sara Ramsay

Our two vehicles are for the use of Mountaineers staff and volunteers to help reduce transportation costs, provide increased transportation capacity for youth trips, and remove the strain of personal vehicle use for business purposes. Both vehicles were acquired to increase youth programming capacity and our van was purchased with funds from grants and donations.  

Requirements for driving Mountaineers' owned or managed vehicles:

  • All drivers must have a valid U.S. driver's license.
  • All drivers must be at least 18 years old.
  • To drive full-size vans (12-15 passenger) the driver must be at least 21 years old.
  • All drivers must be employees or volunteer leaders within the organization.
  • All drivers must complete an online Defensive Driving Training.
  • All drivers of vans must additionally complete a vehicle maneuvering training.
  • All drivers must provide a copy of their driving record EVERY 3 YEARS.

Defensive Driving Training

New drivers should start by reviewing the Mountaineers Transportation Policies and Procedures document. Much of this information will also be reiterated and reviewed in our Defensive Driver training. Click below to start the Defensive Driver Training. 

Defensive Driver Training

Drivers must get at least 80% of questions correct on the Defensive Driving training quiz to be authorized to drive Mountaineers vehicles. Once drivers completed the assessment, the transportation manager will be notified with your results. This training  will be valid for three years.

Van Maneuvering Training

Anyone driving the Mountaineers van must complete an additional maneuvering training that consists of:

  • Backing the van in a straight line for approximately 80 feet
  • Making 90 degree turns; left and right, both forwards and backwards
  • Making "S" turns between cones that are about 30 feet apart
  • Parallel parking

Click here for a resource and visual on the maneuvering training

Requesting a Vehicle

Vehicles may be driven by approved employees and volunteers, but currently must be requested by an employee for use. Employees are also responsible for managing the reservation and any required communication with volunteers on vehicle use.

Vehicles must be requested by using the Outlook mail manager. Employees should request a "meeting" with the vehicle for the duration of its intended use. Email addresses for Mountaineers vehicles are as follows:

Ford Transit 15 Passenger Van: fordtransit_1@mountaineers.org
Subaru Outback: subaruoutback_1@mountaineers.org

  • First, please check the availability of the vehicle by looking at the Outlook calendar
  • If the vehicle is available, request a meeting time using the vehicle email address and include the following details in your meeting invite:
    • To: Vehicle you are requesting
    • Subject: Your department and program
    • Location: Where are you going
    • Start/End Time: Please make your meeting is for the entire time the vehicle will be away from it's garaging location
    • Body of Invite: Please provide a brief description of your travel including estimated mileage, other drivers, overnight trip, if you're leaving the country, etc.
  • This invite will be sent to the Transportation Manager for approval. 

Vehicle Use

  • Information about accessing the vehicle will be sent in the confirmation email.
  • Prior to using the vehicle, drivers will complete the Vehicle Check Out Form, listing the following:
    • Requester/Drivers
    • Vehicle Type
    • Destination
    • Anticipated Mileage
    • Beginning Odometer
    • Fuel Level
    • Vehicle walk around and inspection
  • When drivers are finished with vehicle, they will complete the Vehicle Check In Form, listing the following:
    • Name
    • Vehicle Type
    • Dates used
    • Number of passengers
    • Ending mileage
    • Any issues with the vehicle
    • *If you purchased gas, please take a photo of the receipt and upload onto the form, or email to sarar@mountaineers.org

Though it is best to formally request the vehicle, we also want to support approved staff/volunteers who need to use a vehicle on short notice. In the event of a short notice request, drivers should follow the same process as above, skipping approval from the Transportation Manager. Please triple-check to ensure there are no overlapping reservations or conflicts before taking a vehicle on short notice.

Additional Questions

Please contact Sara Ramsay with any questions regarding The Mountaineers vehicles or transportation policies.