Prerequisites for Operating University Vehicles

As per Bucknell Transportation Policy, Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for providing the Driver Orientation Program for all students who want to drive University vehicles. It is also responsible for providing a behind-the-wheel road evaluation for mini-buses or other vehicles, when applicable. This office maintains copies of all student drivers’ licenses and conducts a motor vehicle record search on all students. It is the decision of Environmental Health and Safety to permit students to drive University vehicles.

Qualifications for Drivers

  1. University Driver Requirements
    • Driver must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid state issued license in effect for a minimum of two years.
    • An international license is not acceptable.
    • First year students are not permitted to operate University vehicles under any circumstances.
    • University policy states that a student must not have exceeded one at-fault accident and/or one traffic violation in the last three years.
    • A student convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, underage drinking, reckless driving, failure to yield, evading responsibility or other serious driving misconduct or has lost state driving privileges, will be ineligible to operate University vehicles. There will be no exception to this rule.
    • The University reserves the right to deny or rescind driving privileges to any person when the Transportation Committee determines it to be appropriate.
  2. Bucknell Driver Orientation Program
    • Students must successfully complete the Driver Orientation Program. 
    • The program includes classroom instruction and on the road evaluation, when applicable.
    • Behind-the-wheel evaluations of individuals for mini-buses or other vehicles, will be performed by an approved, experienced instructor.
    • There will be a fee for the classroom instruction and students pay a fee for re-certification each year.
    • All drivers must complete a driver history registration form on an annual basis. Failure to comply with the registration will result in an automatic suspension of driving privileges.
    • MVRs are reviewed on an annual basis by Environmental Health and Safety. Criteria for use of University vehicles have been developed by Bucknell officials and the University’s insurance broker.


Campus Directions to EH&S Office:
Facilities Building is at the end of the Gateway parking lot (large brick building at the opposite end of Tustin Theatre). Go to the door marked "Facilities Office" at the south end of the building next to the two garage doors. Come up the steps to the second floor and look for a sign "Environmental Health and Safety". Our office door is on the left.

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