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Driving UTA Vehicles

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Safety Specialist (Occupational)
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Before operating any University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) owned, leased, or rented motor vehicles for official University business (including golf carts, mules and other low speed vehicles), employees must complete the following requirements in compliance with UTA Procedure 8-6. Prospective drivers must provide information to allow the University to check their driver license motor vehicle record (MVR). A 3-year history must be secured with a satisfactory rating. If a full 3-year history is not available from the Texas Department of Public Safety, then it is the employee’s responsibility to obtain a copy of their driving records from any previous state(s) of residence.

To request permission to become an authorized driver of UTA vehicles, please complete and submit the Request for Review of Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) form to the Environmental Health & Safety Office (EH&S). Once an acceptable rating has been verified, all drivers MVRs will be automatically checked regularly to ensure they maintain a satisfactory rating.

Employees must also complete the University's online Defensive Driving Awareness Training (DDAT) or a Defensive Driving Course (DDC) offered by an outside agency. The Defensive Driving Awareness Training is valid for 3 years and must then be repeated to remain an authorized driver. Individuals who have taken another accredited DDC within the past three years can be exempt from taking the UTA course by providing a copy of their DDC completion certificate. The UTA DDAT is not endorsed for ticket dismissal or an insurance discount.

The Defensive Driving Awareness Training can be accessed on the EH&S Training Management website.  Log In/registration instructions are provided. However, if you encounter any problems, please contact EH&S at ehsafety@uta.edu, or 817-272-2185. 

Operation of 12 and 15-Passenger Vans

In addition to the above requirements for approval to drive UTA vehicles, employees operating 12 and 15-passenger capacity vans must also complete van-specific training. This training consists of an online course plus a behind-the-wheel road driving test. To access the 12 and 15 Passenger Van online course go to the EH&S Training Management website.

The van behind-the-wheel driving test will be conducted at the EH&S Office, 500 Summit Ave., on the dates and times listed below. Class size is limited—please call 817-272-2185 to register in advance. Drivers must have already completed the Defensive Driving Awareness Course and have a current acceptable MVR check before they are eligible to participate in behind-the-wheel van training. If you have any questions, contact EH&S at 817-272-2185 or ehsafety@uta.edu.

Behind-the-Wheel Training Dates:

Sept. 7
10:00 a.m.

Oct. 11
10:00 a.m.

Nov. 15
10:00 a.m.

Dec. 7
2:00 p.m.

Sept. 18
2:00 p.m.
Oct. 17
2:00 p.m.

Nov. 28
2:00 p.m.

Dec. 13
2:00 p.m.

Renting Vehicles

If your department needs to rent a van, this must be requested and reserved through Facilities Management. Please refer to Procedure 5-14, Vehicle Rental, and submit the Vehicle Request Form (5-4); or phone the Facilities Management Call Center at 817-272-2000.

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