Reserve A Field Vehicle
As of September 25, 2017, new paperwork is required. All drivers need to complete the new paperwork regardless of any previous authorization.
If you have completed Driver Authorizations: Request a Vehicle
The School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences maintains a fleet of 4 large-capacity vehicles to support student, faculty and staff undertaking field trips, field courses and field research.
The current fleet consists of the following:
2016 Ford Expedition (Fleet No. 4835)--seats 8, 4WD
2016 Ford Expedition (Fleet No. 4836)--seats 8, 4WD
2011 Chevrolet Suburban (Fleet No. 4245)--seats 8, 4WD
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan (Fleet No. 1682)--seats 7, 2WD
Only authorized drivers may drive and reserve SES vehicles. The following steps must be completed in order to obtain an authorization.
- Read the Administrative Guide memos pertaining to University Vehicle Use and Controlled Substances and Alcohol,
- Complete the following Driver Authorization Form. If you are a student, you only need to complete the first page. If you are an employee, you need to complete both pages. If you are a student and do not have a California Driver's License (or have had your CA License for less than 3 years) you will also be required to provide a non-certified copy of your driving record. That can be obtained from your state DMV. Employees (staff and faculty) need to have CA Licenses. Please do NOT email any driver's license information, including driving records. Please only return paper copies to Mitchell 101. Approval can take several days as the forms get sent to Risk Management, so please plan ahead.
- Complete the large-vehicle orientation. Contact Ryan Petterson to arrange an appointment. The orientation takes approximately 30 minutes and includes a short on-road driving portion in one of the suburbans or expeditions.
Vehicle Use Policies
- Only those who are authorized (see above) can drive.
- Priority for use of the vehicles is as follows: 1) field courses, 2) class field trips, 3) student or faculty research, and 4) other travel
- Priority for the Suburbans is given to trips requiring 4x4 or travel on unpaved roads
- Drivers are responsible for completing the vehicle mileage log in its entirety for every trip. All gas receipts must be saved and stowed in the vehicle log book.
- Vehicles must be returned on time and parked in designated/approved spaces.
- Moving violation and parking tickets are the responsibility of the driver.
- Safety first at all times. Drivers will ensure that all occupants are wearing a seatbelt and that all cargo is properly secured.
- Open alcoholic beverages are not permitted in vehicles at any time.
- Upon returning the vehicle:
- Make sure the gas tank is more than 3/4 full.
- Clean the vehicle exterior and interior. This includes removing all trash from the vehicle, brushing off the floor and seats, returning seats to their original position, and washing the vehicle at the car wash, if warranted.
- Return the logbook, including keys, credit cards, and receipts to Mitchell 132.
- Report any vehicle problems, no matter how seemingly trivial, to Ryan Petterson or in person.
- Return any department equipment to its proper place.
Reservations should be made at least 48 hours in advance. If you need a vehicle sooner than that, fill out this form AND email Tom Koos directly and we will try to find a vehicle for you. Please check the calendar above for availability before requesting a vehicle. Vehicles can also be rented from the on-campus Enterprise Rent-A-Car for trips confined to paved roads. We can assist you with that process if necessary. Contact Tom Koos with any vehicle-related questions.
To submit a vehicle request please click on the link below. The form must be filled out in its entirety in order for the reservation to be processed. A PTA must be provided for billing of mileage charges. The current rate is $1.25 per mile, gas included.