halts use of full-size passenger vans
February 6, 2006 | Utah State University is permanently
discontinuing the use of all 12- and 15-passenger vans,
except for cargo-carrying vehicles. The policy is effective
In place of the full-size vans, the university will
begin to use 15-passenger buses with dual-rear wheels.
These vehicles will be available exclusively through
the USU Motor Pool. Additional training conditions will
be required for drivers to use these vehicles.
The vehicle-use policy revision is a result of an extensive
review that began shortly after the Sept. 26 van crash
that killed eight USU students and one instructor near
Tremonton. After the accident, all 12- and 15-passenger
vans not used for cargo were grounded.
"We recognize that this change in policy has
a significant impact across the university," said
Glenn Ford, vice president of business and finance.
"We have spent many hours in consultation with
university personnel concerning the direction we should
Ford said there is a strong consensus in support of
the policy changes, despite the challenges of implementing
this type of transition.
"This is the right thing to do," he said.
"And now is the right time to do it."
At the time of the accident, the university owned 50