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Topic: USE OF COUNTY VEHICLES Date Issued: June 30, 1994
(DMV Pull Program, Accident Review Date Revised:
and Reporting, Private Vehicles
and Rental Cars)
To establish procedures for the use of owned and non-owned vehicles on
County Code Section 2.32
Board of Supervisors procedure adopted September 30, 1987
Title III, Section 300, County Procedures Manual.
It is the policy of the County of Santa Cruz to have County vehicles avail-
able for employee use and in certain cases allow the use of private vehi-
cles on County business.
SOME OF THE FORMS LISTED IN THIS PROCEDURE ARE NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE
MAINFRAME PERSONNEL DISK BECAUSE THEY ARE IN WORD PERFECT FORMAT. YOU WILL
BE ABLE TO REQUEST A PRINTED COPY OF THESE FORMS MAILED TO YOU THROUGH
INTEROFFICE MAIL BY SENDING A PROFS NOTE TO JANET MCKINLEY AT PER510 OR BY
CALLING 454-2240. PRINTED COPIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE RISK MANAGEMENT
DIVISION OF THE PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT OR FROM THE PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT-
A. Operating Requirements
1. All County employees with an assigned vehicle or who have occa-
sion to drive a County vehicle are required to operate same in
accordance with the County's current policies - as provided in
Chapter 2.32 of the County Code, Section 300 of the County Proce-
dures Manual and Section XXIII.4. of the Personnel Administrative
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2. County vehicles may only be operated by authorized individuals
who possess a valid California Driver's license for the appropri-
ate class(es) of vehicles and who have their Department Head
3. The driver and all passengers must wear seat belts at all times
as required by California law while on County business. All
California vehicle code rules and regulations must be obeyed.
4. County vehicles shall be used for County business only. Under no
circumstance may a County vehicle be used for personal conve-
nience or gain.
5. All persons operating County vehicles shall at all times drive
defensively and take actions behind the wheel that will convey a
favorable impression to the public.
6. It will be the responsibility of the Department Head to insure
that employees who drive on County business possess a valid Cali-
fornia Driver's License and maintain a good driving record.
It will be the responsibility of Risk Management to insure that
employees who drive on County business are enrolled the the De-
partment of Motor Vehicles Pull Program.
It will be the responsibility of the employee to maintain a valid
California Driver's License and required insurance for the pur-
pose of driving on County business.
7. Any driver who is involved in a motor vehicle accident involving
personal injury to any party shall notify his/her supervisor
immediately. If the accident involves property damage only, the
driver shall notify his/her supervisor upon return to the work
location. Additional reporting requirements as defined in Sec-
tion D of these procedures and PAM 2101 - Workers Compensation
Procedures must also be observed.
8. Smoking is prohibited in all County vehicles and all operators
and passengers are required to comply with this policy.
9. Drivers who fail to abide by approved policies, rules and regula-
tions may be subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures.
B. Motor Vehicle Records (MVR's) - DMV Pull Program and Related Actions
1. In order to be aware of potential exposure from employees with
poor driving records and provide corrective training, the County
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shall enroll all County drivers in the Department of Motor Vehi-
cles (DMV) Pull Program.
2. New Hires. As a part of the processing package for new hires,
the Driver Information Form will be completed by all new hires.
a. Risk Management will complete the request for records to
DMV.Upon notice of termination from County employment, Risk
Management will notify DMV by completing the necessary
b. Risk Management will review MVR's upon receipt from DMV. If
a report is received with a serious accident/citation or
frequent minor citations, the Department Head and County
Administrative Office will be notified.
3. Existing Employees. Risk Management will enroll all existing
drivers in the DMV Pull Program based upon lists provided by the
Personnel Department of employees in positions that are required
to operate vehicles on County business.
Additionally, employees who are authorized to use personal vehi-
cles on County business and who have obtained private mileage
authorization from the County Administrative Office will also be
enrolled the the DMV Pull Program.
4. An employee whose MVR indicates an excessive number of moving
violations, accidents, or other serious driving citations may be
subject to Defensive Driver Training, special evaluation, tempo-
rary or permanent suspension of the privilege to operate a County
vehicle, or other appropriate action.
5. Employees enrolled in the DMV Pull Program will have MVR updates
or new actions sent to Risk Management by the Department of Motor
Vehicles at least annually or as deemed appropriate by the DMV
Pull Program procedures. Follow-up MVR records will follow the
procedures as outlined in items 2b and 4 above.
6. Corrective actions taken for employees whose Motor Vehicle
Records demonstrate a problem should be documented in the employ-
ee's personnel file.
C. Vehicle Accident Review
1. Risk Management Responsibility
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a. A quarterly report of vehicle accidents occurring during
each fiscal year will be distributed to the County Adminis-
trative Officer and each Department Head.
b. Risk Management will schedule meetings with County Counsel,
the County Administrative Officer, and Department Head when
accident frequency or severity indicate a need for addition-
al preventative activities. The meeting shall include a
review of all accident reports filed in the prior quarter,
and a determination as to what preventative activities have
or will be taken to avoid future accidents. The review will
include an analysis of loss trends and frequency.
2. Department Head Responsibility
a. Within 30 days following each receipt of quarterly reports,
the Department Head will advise Risk Management of any dis-
ciplinary action taken regarding the employee.
b. Department Heads will assume responsibility for implementing
the disciplinary procedures as adopted by the Board of Su-
pervisors in the Personnel Administrative Manual Procedures,
1. First offense - verbal warning or written reprimand as
appropriate; defensive drivers training and/or other
2. Additional offense - written reprimand and other disci-
plinary action as appropriate, including possible sus-
pension or termination based on the circumstances,
frequency and severity of accidents and the number of
points assigned by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
c. Departments Heads will ensure that any disciplinary action
taken is documented in the employee's personnel file.
D. Accident Reporting
1. Report Form Availability and Use
All County-owned vehicles and equipment which can be driven shall
be equipped with a sealed packet of materials entitled "WHAT TO
DO IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT". This packet will be maintained in the
glove compartment of each vehicle or fastened to a visor or other
secure, accessible location in vehicles or equipment without
glove compartments. Risk Management will assemble packets which
will be available from the General Services Fleet Service Center
or Public Works Fleet Services.
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In the event of an automobile accident, notify the local police
jurisdiction and obtain and provide a copy of the police report
to the Department Head and Risk Management as soon as possible.
2. Packet Contents
Each sealed packet shall contain the following items:
- An envelope bearing the County name entitled "WHAT TO DO
IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT" with nine steps to follow print-
ed on the envelope.
- A pamphlet inside the envelope entitled "DESCRIPTION OF
- Three or more 3x5 cards entitled, "ACCIDENT QUESTION-
NAIRE" (white in color).
- Two or more 3x5 cards entitled, "TO PASSING MOTORISTS-
REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE REPORT" (yellow in col-
- A ball point pen.
3. Employee Responsibility:
Unless prevented by disability or other valid cause beyond con-
troll of the employee:
a. The employee shall stop the vehicle/equipment, locate the
accident packet, read and follow the nine steps in "WHAT TO
DO IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT."
b. If the accident results in any personal injury, to the em-
ployee, he/she must notify his/her supervisor and follow the
procedures PAM 2101 - Workers Compensation Procedures.
c. Upon return to the work site, the employee shall immediate
ly obtain a "VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT" form from the depart
ment personnel/payroll liaison. The employee shall complete
the applicable sections and return the report to his/her
Department Head or designee the same day.
d. Damage to County vehicles not resulting from an accident,
including but not limited to acts of nature, vandalism,
theft, mechanical breakdown or road conditions which were
not the direct result of the act of a County driver or an-
other vehicle, must be reported as soon as discovered.
- If the vehicle is not on County property, the appropri-
ate police agency shall be notified before it is moved.
If the damage is slight and the vehicle can be safely
driven, the employee shall proceed with caution and
notify the appropriate General Services or Public Works
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Department employee immediately when the vehicle is
returned from that trip, or the next working day if the
employee returns the vehicle after normal working
hours. If the vehicle cannot be driven, the employee
shall call the numbers given in item #7 of the pamphlet
"WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT."
- If the vehicle is on County property, the employee
shall notify the appropriate General Services or Public
Works Department employee before using the vehicle.
4. Department Responsibility:
a. Each Department Head is responsible for insuring that all of
his/her employees who operate County vehicles, are familiar
with their responsibilities in the preceding sections.
b. Notify Risk Management immediately upon learning of injuries
to anyone involved in an accident.
c. In cases where employees were injured as a result of the
accident, the Department Head or his/her designee shall
insure that the procedures in PAM 2101 - Workers Compensa-
tion Procedures are followed.
d. When employees report County owned vehicle/equipment acci-
dents the Department Head or designee is responsible for
insuring a "VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT" form is completed with-
in one working day of the initial report. The Department
will retain one copy, send the original and one copy to Risk
Management and one copy to the appropriate fleet maintenance
shop (General Services Service Center or Public Works Ga-
rage) the same day the report is completed.
f. Assist Risk Management to obtain such facts as may be needed
for additional investigation, subrogation actions, or other
E. Employee Use of Privately Owned Vehicles
1. County employees may use privately owned vehicles for County
business under the following conditions:
a. The employee must possess a valid California Driver's li-
b. A Private Mileage Authorization Form (ADM-16) has been ap-
proved by the County Administrative Officer for use of a
private vehicle on County business.
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c. In case of emergency, a Department Head may authorize use of
a private vehicle, subject to verification of a current,
active California Driver's License and proof of required
insurance coverage, and subsequent certification by the
County Administrative Officer.
d. The driver and all passengers must wear seat belts at all
times as required by California law and obey all California
rules and regulations.
2. Insurance Requirements
Every employee who uses his/her vehicle on County business must
have and maintain insurance coverage in accordance with standards
set forth in the County Code Section 2.32.210 or within the Memo-
randum of Understanding for the Representation Unit applicable to
the employee's job class.
3. Reimbursement for Authorized Use
a. Employees who are authorized and use private vehicles for
County business in accordance with the provisions of the
County Procedures Manual will be reimbursed at the applica-
ble mileage reimbursement rate established in Section 160 of
the County Personnel Regulations.
b. Such reimbursement is full compensation for the costs of
using private vehicles including insurance, insurance de-
ductibles, maintenance, repairs, fuel and depreciation.
4. Responsibility for Bodily Injury or
Property Damage to Others
Employees who use privately owned vehicles for County busi-
ness are fully responsible for bodily injury and/or property
damage to others resulting from such privately owned vehicle
5. Employee Reporting Responsibilities
All accidents involving personal injury to an employee or
bodily injury or property damage to another party must be
reported to the employee's Department Head not later than
one working day following the accident.
6. Department Head Reporting Responsibilities
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When employees report accidents involving bodily injury or
property damage to others while using their own personal
vehicle on County business, a CONFIDENTIAL memo providing
all known details of the accident shall be sent by the employee's Depart-
ment Head to Risk Management within one working day of the initial report.
F. Rental Cars
1. On occasion, it will be necessary for an employee to rent a vehi-
cle from an agency while on County business. To protect the
County from serious liability exposure in the event of an acci-
dent while driving a rental car, it is the responsibility of each
employee to make certain that insurance coverage is adequate.
2. In completing the rental agreement form, individuals are asked
whether or not they wish to "take" the collision and the medical
injury insurance offered by the rental agency. It is appropriate
to "accept" the collision and "not accept" or "reject" the medi-
cal insurance coverages offered.
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