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Risk Control for 15 Passenger Vans
Risk Control Recommendations
Agencies should have a method of documenting their van use risk assessment. If you decide that you must continue to use 15 passenger vans, incorporate risk controls into your operating procedures. Communicate these expectations to all managers and employee or volunteer drivers.
DAS-RM recommendations include, but are not limited to:
Administrative Controls
  • Agency should perform a risk assessment. You may use the Risk Assessment Roadmap Toolkit
  • Have written justification for continued use of 15 passenger vans.
  • Driver and Passenger Advisory in every van – check with DAS-Fleet.
  • Driver training: 
    • Basic Defensive Driving within the last three years, and
    • Specific training on handling characteristics of 15 passenger vans.
Operating requirements
  • Limit to 10 passengers.
  • Passengers must sit in forward seats.
  • All passengers must be seat belted.
  • Do not fill all empty space with equipment or luggage.
  • No roof racks or storage on the roof.
  • Drive at reduced speed. 
  • Use only trained, experienced drivers familiar with handling characteristics of the vehicle.
Equipment check – each trip
  • Tire quality – pay particular attention to condition of sidewalls.
  • Tire inflation – set to vehicle use and load specifications.
  • Prohibit roof racks.
Check with your Agency Safety Advisor, Risk Coordinator or Fleet Manager. Use these vehicles only when necessary and always with extreme caution.