The Motor Pool was created to provide authorized faculty, staff and students
traveling on official college business with convenient access to safe, clean and
comfortable vehicles at economical rates. This is accomplished by maintaining a pool
of college owned vehicles and supplementing it, as needed, with vehicles from the
Washington State Motor Pool and private sources.
Organization, location, services and hours
The Motor Pool
Office is located in the Maintenance Yard at 3540 Driftwood Road NW. The Motor Pool
is staffed by a Motor Pool Coordinator and a Mechanic and is operated under the
Office of Facilities Services, which reports to the Vice President for Finance and
Administration. Office hours are 8 AM - Noon and 1 PM - 4:30 PM Monday through
Friday. A Mechanic is available from 6 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday.
Motor Pool vehicles are parked adjacent to the Motor Pool garage (located in the
Maintenance yard). Client parking is available for drivers of Motor Pool
At the Motor Pool office, you can make reservations, checkout/check-in vehicles,
obtain your Evergreen Use Permit, pickup a gas credit card or a State Motor Pool
authorization card. Reservations and inquiries can also be made over the phone or by
- Evergreen staff, students and faculty
- Employees of state, federal, county and municipal government organizations.
- Volunteers who have been authorized by the appropriate college employee.
All drivers of Motor Pool vehicles must
possess a valid U.S. driver's license, be at least 18 years old and have a minimum
of 2 years driving experience.
Drivers must have a driving record that does not include any of the following
offences within the last three years:
- Suspension/revocation of license for reckless driving, hit and run, leaving an
accident scene, failure to appear, DUI, or other vehicle-related felony
- Multiple traffic offenses (4 moving violations/infractions in 12 months or 5
moving violations/infractions in 24 months) resulting in a Conditional Status
driving record or subsequent suspension/revocation of license
- 6 or more moving violations within a 12-month period resulting in license
Drivers of Motor Pool vehicles must have an Evergreen Use Permit and must be listed
on a travel authority for any trips outside the local Olympia/Tumwater/Lacey area.
Drivers of 12 or 15-passenger vans and large cargo vans, delivery vehicles and
other trucks/pickups must also successfully complete a driver training course.
Authorized uses of Evergreen vehicles
The use of Evergreen's
vehicles is restricted to official state business as defined in WAC 82-36. Use of
the vehicle must be in support of the business and/or academic functions of the
state or college. Vehicles cannot be used:
- For commuting, personal trips or errands;
- To transport passengers, such as hitchhikers, family or friends, who are not on
official college business;
- For 'side' trips, i.e. use of the vehicle to visit friends while attending a
A travel authority form must be completed and filed with the Travel Office for all
trips. Blanket travel authorities may be authorized for routine, recurring travel
within the state of Washington, Portland, OR, or Vancouver, BC.
A trip justification is required for travel out of the country. Travel to British
Columbia does not need a trip justification.
Drivers of college vehicles represent
the college community to the general public. Drivers are expected to drive
defensively, be courteous and obey all traffic laws. In addition, drivers are
- Restricting passengers to employees, students of the college or other people
being transported on official college business.
- Ensuring all passengers, including the driver, use seat belts.
- Not allowing smoking or alcohol consumption in the vehicles.
- Locking the vehicle when not in use.
- Paying any traffic or parking fine resulting from driver negligence.
- Checking oil and water levels regularly when on overnight trips.
- Reporting all accidents and damage to the vehicle to the Motor Pool office.
- Completing all required accident reports and turning them in to the Motor Pool
- Returning vehicles to the appropriate location on time and in a clean and
- Notifying the Motor Pool office if the vehicle cannot be returned on time.
Motor Pool Responsibilities
- Reserving and scheduling TESC Motor Pool vehicles
- Locating and reserving vehicles for special needs or to supplement the TESC
fleet through the State Motor Pool or off campus rental agencies when
- Issuing TESC vehicle use permits to operators and maintaining use permit
- Revoking TESC use permits of drivers who abuse a vehicle or violate other
policies contained herein.
- Maintaining vehicles so that they are safe, clean and comfortable to
Vehicle Operation Standards
- One authorized driver for every 400 miles traveled. For example, a trip of 600
miles would require that you have two authorized drivers on board the
- Maximum driving time for any one driver is 8 hours in a 24-hour period.
- Drivers should take at least a 10-minute break every 2 hours.
- College vehicles should not be operated between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. except
- the trip is solely to return to a home base and
- the return
trip is less than 4 hours in duration.
- A navigator should be assigned for long trips. The navigator must stay awake
while on duty. The entire navigator/driver team should be replaced at least every
- No items should be placed on the roof of 15 passenger vans.
- Do not overload 15 passenger vans with passengers and equipment. Weight should
be distributed toward the front of the 15-passenger van as much as possible.
- The hauling of trailers is prohibited unless special permission has been
obtained. Anyone driving a van and trailer combination must be pre-approved by the
motor pool office.
The college does not carry comprehensive or collision insurance on Motor Pool
vehicles. Liability coverage is provided by our participation in the Washington
State Self Insurance Program. This program will pay for damages to the other
driver's property or injuries sustained in an accident when the driver of the
college's vehicle is at fault while operating the vehicle in good faith on official
college or state business.
In the event of an accident, the budgetary unit, i.e. Academics, Athletics, First
People's, Computing and Communication, Advising, etc. that rented the vehicle will
be responsible for the costs of the repair unless the damage is due to normal wear
and tear or is covered by another vehicle's insurance.
Driver liability: If an accident occurs due to the gross negligence of the driver,
i.e. driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, etc. or if the
vehicle was not being used for "official college or state business", the State may
elect not to defend the driver in the event a lawsuit is filed. The driver would
then be responsible for providing his/her own defense.
The State may also choose to subrogate part or the entire claim to the driver or
actually file suit against the driver to recover damages if there is evidence of
gross negligence or unofficial use.
Drivers are not required to carry personal liability insurance but, because of the
limitations of the State's Self Insurance program, are urged to contact their
personal insurance carrier to ensure they are covered while driving college
How do I get an Evergreen Use Permit?
All drivers of Motor
Pool vehicles must have a current Evergreen Use Permit on file with the Motor Pool
office. Use permits must be renewed every two years.
To obtain a permit, drivers must
- Present a valid driver's license to the Motor Pool Coordinator and sign a form
indicating that they have a minimum of 2 years driving experience and meet
Evergreens' driver requirements listed above under the Driver Requirement section.
- Demonstrate they understand TESC Motor Pool Policies by passing a quiz.
- Read and sign Evergreen's Valid License to Drive and Driving Experience
Statement. If the driver will be driving a 12- or 15-passenger van, they must also
sign the State of Washington's Safe Driving Practices Acknowledgement Statement.
- If the driver will be driving a 12 or 15-passenger van, they must successfully
complete or show that they have completed a 15-passenger van driving course.
- If the driver will be driving a large cargo van, truck or delivery van, they
must show that they have completed a driver training program or view the "Trucks,
Vans and other Delivery Vehicle" video.
How do I Reserve a Van?
Call the Motor Pool office at
extension 6354 or send an email to the Motor Pool Coordinator to make reservations
for vehicles. The Coordinator can also make reservations for you at the State Motor
Pool in Lacey or at private car rental organizations. A confirmation notice will be
e-mailed to the requesting unit.
Requests for vehicles made by students must be confirmed with the appropriate
faculty before the vehicle is reserved. The Student Activities office must approve
all vehicle requests for student groups. Requests by the Wilderness Center and
Outdoor Pursuits must be confirmed with the Athletics office.
A cancellation fee of $25 will be assessed for reservations canceled less than 24
hours in advance.
How do I Check-out a Van?
College vehicles are parked
adjacent to the Motor Pool garage in the Maintenance Yard off Driftwood Road. When
it is time to pick up your vehicle be sure that:
- You have a valid driver's license
- You have a current use permit
- The Motor Pool has a record of the travel authority form for the trip. Program
Secretaries normally take care of preparing the TA for academic field trips.
The Motor Pool Coordinator will prepare a trip ticket for the vehicle and give you
the keys, a Voyager credit card that can be used for fuel and repairs, a Maintenance
Yard gate key so you can pickup or return the vehicle after hours and a copy of the
Inspect the vehicle for any damage and check the beginning odometer reading. If
there is damage, notify the Motor Pool Coordinator or note it on the trip ticket.
If you need to leave when the office is not open, you must make arrangements to
pick up the keys the day(s) before.
Note: If the vehicle is not available or will not start and the Motor Pool office
is closed, contact Police Services by dialing "0" on the telephone across from the
gas pumps on the side of the Motor Pool garage. Police Services will contact a Motor
Pool staff member who can help you.
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Motor Pool office is closed at noon
and on the weekends and college holidays.
How Do I Return a Van?
- Park the vehicle in the vehicle return area next to the gas pumps.
- Enter the return date and ending odometer reading on the Trip Ticket.
- Note any problems with the vehicle on the Trip Ticket under the 'Remarks'
- Make sure all garbage, debris and personal belongings have been removed.
- Turn off the lights, close and lock all windows and doors.
- Place the keys, gasoline credit card, gas receipts and your copy of the Trip
Ticket in the drop box in the door of the Shop's building that leads to the Motor
- If you are returning a vehicle after hours, make sure the Maintenance Yard gate
is locked upon leaving.
TESC vehicles do not need to be refueled before returning. State
Motor Pool and private rental agency vehicles do need to be
refueled before returning them to the appropriate location.
How do I Buy Fuel or get Repairs?
The Voyager credit card issued with each vehicle can be used to purchase:
- Gas/Oil. All TESC gasoline driven vehicles use standard, unleaded fuel. Premium
fuel is not authorized. Use the self-service pumps unless you have a physical
disability that prevents you from doing so.
- Minor repairs (i.e. estimated to cost less than $300.00)
- Emergency purchases of tires and batteries
- Roadside assistance via NAC Fleet Rescue. Note: if the vehicle is still under
warranty, i.e. less than 36,000 miles see the owner's manual for manufacturer
provided roadside assistance.
For breakdowns or major repairs, take or have the
vehicle towed to the nearest qualified automotive facility. If the repairs will be
more than $300, it is impossible to continue the trip, or the driver does not have
the means to pay for the repairs, call the Motor Pool office at (360) 867-6354. If
the office is closed, contact Police Services at (360) 867-6000. Information as to
the disposition of the vehicle and the means for continuation of the trip will be
provided. The Motor Pool office can also make arrangements for the payment of any
Do not use the Voyager credit card for the following:
- Fuel for private vehicles
- Parking fees, ferry and bridge tolls. These tolls can be reimbursed via travel
- Putting on or taking off chains.
- Food or other supplies.
The Motor Pool will reimburse the traveler for repair or fuel costs paid by cash,
check, or personal credit card. An original receipt must be submitted.
What do I do if I have an Accident?
An accident is any damage
to person or property. All accidents must be reported to the Motor Pool even if no
other vehicles are involved.
- When conditions and/or regulations permit, move to the shoulder or side of the
roadway to prevent further damage.
- Contact the local authorities and request an accident investigation if there is
more than $700 damage to a vehicle or if anyone is injured. If you are not sure
who to call, call "911" and they will send the appropriate authority.
- Notify TESC Police Services at (360) 867-6000 if anyone is injured or if there
is major damage involved.
- Use the Vehicle Accident Checklist (in the Accident package located in the
glove compartment) to write down necessary information such as the names and
addresses of witnesses, vehicle information and the other driver's insurance
- Do not give statements or discuss the details of the accident with anyone other
than police or college authorities.
- Complete the State Accident Report form (SF-137) found in the accident package
in the vehicle) and submit to the Motor Pool office within 48 hours of your
return. Note that this form requires the signature of the responsible faculty
member or supervisor.
What are Departmental Vehicle Policies?
Some college departments have purchased vehicles for their departmental use.
The drivers of these vehicles as well as the use of these vehicles are subject to
current Motor Pool regulations.
The Motor Pool garage is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all college
vehicles. All vehicles will be inspected and serviced every 3,000 miles or 180 days,
whichever comes first. Vehicles must meet the State emission standards. The Motor
Pool has the right to remove from service any vehicle that it deems unsafe for
Drivers of departmental vehicles are responsible for entering the odometer readings
when refueling vehicles at the TESC Motor Pool fuel pumps. Cards for refueling at
the Motor Pool may be issued to individual drivers or to campus departments. Voyager
gas cards used for refueling off campus are issued to individual vehicles.