University Fleet Policy
Tufts University’s Fleet Policy encompasses all vehicles owned or operated by Tufts and includes drivers who drive a University Fleet Vehicle. The scope of this policy includes rules, regulations and guidelines to manage the University fleet in accordance with University policy and local, state and federal law. For purposes of this policy, a University Fleet Vehicle includes all vehicles owned, leased or rented (including Zip cars or similar vehicle use arrangements) by the University.
Safeguarding the University’s Fleet Vehicles, and those members of the Tufts community that drive on behalf of the University, is of utmost importance. The University will maintain its owned vehicles in safe operating condition and provide training to help all drivers meet their responsibilities under this policy.
Reason for the Policy
In 2019, Tufts University began working with a Fleet Management Company (“FMC”) for the purpose of creating a centralized management system of the University’s fleet and to create a comprehensive set of University controls related to fleet policy and practices.
Tufts University Idling Policy
In accordance with the State of Massachusetts NO University Vehicle can idle more than 5 minutes, unless it fall into the one of the following categories:
- vehicles being serviced, provided that operation of the engine is essential to the proper repair thereof, or
- vehicles engaged in the delivery or acceptance of goods, wares, or merchandise for which engine assisted power is necessary and substitute alternate means cannot be made available, or
- vehicles engaged in an operation for which the engine power is necessary for an associate power need other than movement and substitute alternate power means cannot be made available provided that such operation does not cause or contribute to a condition of air pollution.