So, You Are Going to be a Vanpool Driver

Congratulations, you have made a good decision. By becoming a vanpool primary driver, not only might your commute be free, but you will get free use of the van after work and on weekends. Along with the benefits come some responsibilities. Please take a few minutes to review these:

1. THE DAILY COMMUTE

  • You provide a safe, dependable commute for your riders.
  • Follow the pick-up schedule set by you and your riders.
  • Arrange for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
  • Keep the van clean inside and out.
  • Submit the easy to fill out monthly vanpool report to Valley Metro.

2. COLLECTING FARES

  • You will receive a monthly invoice for the van cost.
  • You collect the monthly fares from riders each month in advance.

3. RECRUITING RIDERS

  • Get riders to commit to riding the vanpool.
  • Help to recruit new riders and replace those who leave.

4. PURCHASE GAS

  • The driver usually puts gas in the van.
  • The cost of gas is included in each rider’s monthly fare.
  • Gasoline used for personal use must be paid for separately.

5. MAINTENANCE

  • Vans require service every 7,000 miles.
  • Unscheduled maintenance is covered by the monthly cost.
  • Maintenance items under $25.00 do not need approval.
  • Van up keep is also your responsibility.

6. BACK-UP PLANS

  • You must have at least two back-up drivers for those times when you cannot drive.
  • You should have a contingency plan to notify riders in case your van is not available.
  • In most cases a loaner van will be supplied, at no cost, if your van is in the shop.

7. THIRTY DAY NOTICE

  • You are responsible for giving Valley Metro 30 days notice to terminate your vanpool.
  • Your riders must give you thirty days notice before leaving the vanpool so that you can recruit new riders.
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