Requirements for Transportation and Campus Vehicle Use

Anyone using a Dartmouth-owned vehicle or participating in a Dartmouth sanctioned activity using a private vehicle must follow these Requirements for Transportation and Campus Vehicle Use as well as be in compliance with Dartmouth’s travel policy.

Before Traveling

Dartmouth’s Daily Temperature and Self-Assessment (TSA) screening must be completed prior to coming to campus, using a campus vehicle, or participating in a Dartmouth sanctioned activity. Anyone with symptoms should not come to campus, use a campus vehicle, or participate in a Dartmouth sanctioned activity under any circumstances.

A current negative test result through COVID-19 surveillance testing must be on file at Dartmouth.

Vehicle driver training and disinfection protocols must be understood prior to driving a Dartmouth-owned vehicle.

Vehicle Occupancy and Use

All vehicles must carry EPA-registered disinfectant wipes or cleaner, 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, face coverings, disposable gloves, and a bag for trash, in a large enough supply to accommodate all passengers in the vehicle.

Everyone must wear a face covering at all times while riding in the vehicle.

Six feet of physical distancing must be maintained.

Up to two people may ride together in a four-door or standard-sized vehicle or SUV. The passenger should sit in the back seat opposite the driver. No one should sit directly behind another person. There is an exception to this requirement for employees of Campus Services performing work where the expected drive time duration is fewer than 10 minutes.

In a vehicle with multiple rows, only one person is allowed per row, and people must sit in alternate seats so that no one is directly behind or adjacent to another person. Center seats should not be used; instead, use only the end seats in each row.

Do not use the recirculated air option for the car’s ventilation. Use the car’s vents to bring in fresh outside air.

If possible, drive with the windows open to maximize air flow.

Avoid unnecessary contact with frequently touched surfaces such as door frames and handles, windows, seatbelt buckles, steering wheel, gearshift, signaling levers, and other vehicle parts before cleaning and disinfection.

All riders should handle their own personal belongings during loading and unloading.

Each traveler should be assigned a specific seat when possible. Maintaining the same driver and passenger seat assignments will decrease the opportunities for infection.

No food or beverages may be consumed when traveling with others.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Before and after riding in a vehicle, passengers should wash hands or use hand sanitizer. Good hygiene practices are a must.

Frequently touched surfaces inside and outside the vehicle must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each trip by the driver.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the use of the cleaning and disinfection products and wear disposable gloves if needed.
  • Always wash hands immediately after removing the gloves or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • High-touch surfaces include exterior and interior door handles and grips, interior door and window controls, armrests, seatbelts, cupholders, glove or storage compartment latches, air vents, gear shift, center console (climate and audio controls), steering wheel, visors, and rear-view mirror.
  • Vehicle keys should also be disinfected before and after use.

If a campus vehicle has been used by a person who is later identified as a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, contact Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) to ensure thorough cleaning and disinfection are performed.

View the CDC recommendations for shared vehicle use.

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