CHAPTER 38 ‑ MOTOR FLEET MANAGEMENT DIVISION

 

SECTION .0100 ‑ OPERATION OF THE DIVISION'S MOTOR POOLS

 

 

01 NCAC 38 .0101             DISPATCHING

Dispatching is performed from all motor pool facilities.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

01 NCAC 38 .0102             GASOLINE PURCHASES

Gasoline purchases shall be obtained from the Division's facilities or other state‑owned facilities except when state‑owned facilities are closed or when travel is out‑of‑state.  When commercial establishments are used for the purchase of fuel, the driver must complete form FM‑33, attach it to the travel log, and forward it to the Division.  Only regular unleaded gasoline from self‑service pumps is permitted to be purchased from commercial pumps.  All state employees with a physical handicap that would prevent their use of a self-service pump are authorized to utilize full services.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0103             MILEAGE RATES

(a)  Rates charged for the use of the Division vehicles are established by the Department of Administration pursuant to G.S. 143-341(8)(i)(6).

(b)  Agencies will reimburse the Department of Administration at the end of each calendar month, on a mileage basis at the rate set by the Department of Administration.

(c)  Permanently and agency assigned vehicles will be billed for 1,050 miles per month or actual mileage, whichever is greater.  Vehicle usage will be reviewed to determine if the assignment is cost effective and serves the best interest of the assigned agency and the Division.

(d)  Temporarily assigned vehicles will be billed for actual mileage or 60 miles for each day's usage, whichever is greater.  If the vehicle is checked out after 5:00 p.m., no minimum fee will be assessed for the day the vehicle is checked out.  If the vehicle is returned before 8:00 a.m., no minimum fee will be assessed for the day the vehicle is returned.  However, a minimum fee of 60 miles will be assessed for each temporary assignment made for less than 24 hours.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0104             CREDIT CARDS AND PUMP KEY

There are two credit cards and a gasoline pump key issued to each vehicle.  The Motor Fleet Management Universal Gasoline Credit Card (used only when state pumps are closed or travel is out‑of‑state) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) Credit Card (used at some DOT and state facilities) are issued to each vehicle and are to be used for that vehicle only.  A gasoline pump key is to be used at DOT facilities having special self‑service pumps.  A listing of county maps showing the location of DOT gasoline facilities and hours of operation is found in the Division's Manual, which is stored in each vehicle's glove box.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0105             SERVICE FOR NON‑MOTOR POOL VEHICLES

Gasoline and oil shall be furnished to any state‑owned passenger vehicle at the Division costs.  Other services and minor repairs may be obtained on a first‑come reservation basis as time permits.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

SECTION .0200 ‑ MAINTENANCE AND CARE OF VEHICLES

 

01 NCAC 38 .0201             GENERAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE

(a)  The maintenance of permanent assigned and agency assigned vehicles is the responsibility of the individual and agency to whom the vehicle is assigned.  The driver or agency may obtain any required maintenance at any Division motor pool or any state‑owned facility or any approved commercial facility.  Charges for this maintenance are billed to the Division.

(b)  The maintenance of temporarily assigned vehicles is the responsibility of the Division.

(c)  All maintenance and repairs must have prior authorization by calling 1-800-277-8181 or 733-4043 (in Raleigh calling area) with the details of the maintenance and an estimate of the cost.  Authorized charges for maintenance or repairs shall be billed to the Division for payment.  In case of holidays, nights or weekends, an authorization request must be left with the Division's answering service.  Any unauthorized repair expense will be billed to the agency to which the vehicle is assigned.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0202             ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Drivers shall check their assigned vehicles to insure proper oil level, water and antifreeze for radiators, water for battery, wear on belts, and proper inflation of tires.  This service shall be performed when fuel is purchased or at least weekly.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0203             PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Preventive maintenance on vehicles is to be performed at scheduled intervals established by the Division.  If maintenance is not performed within plus or minus 500 miles of the schedule, vehicle assignment is subject to termination.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0204             ANNUAL SAFETY INSPECTIONS

All vehicles shall be inspected annually as required by North Carolina safety inspection laws.  This inspection is billed to the Division.  It is the responsibility of the assigned driver and agency to assure that the vehicle has a valid inspection sticker.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0205             ACCIDENT REPORTING

All accidents involving state vehicles or other property damage, regardless of amount of damage, must be reported by calling 1-800-277-8181 or 733-4043 (in Raleigh calling area).  Information which must be obtained from the other driver involved in the accident is: name, address, telephone number, license plate number, insurance company, and policy number.  An Accident Report Form FM-16 must be completed and forwarded immediately to the Division.  All accidents involving injury or damage to a state vehicle must be reported to Travelers Insurance Company, promptly as follows:

(1)           In North Carolina, call 1-800-762-3804 except in the following counties: Bertie, Currituck, Hertford, Pasquotank, Camden, Dare, Hyde, Perquimans, Chowan, Gates, Martin, and Washington.  In these counties call 804-330-4788, collect.

(2)           On weekends, after hours and holidays when there is any injury or death, call immediately 1-800-243-3840.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-341(8)i;

Eff. November 2, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0206             DECALS AND BUMPER STICKERS ON VEHICLES

Decals may be affixed to vehicles owned by the Division when done in accordance with the following provisions:

(1)           The decal and method of fixture must be approved by the Division prior to application of decal.

(2)           The decal must not cover an area greater than 200 square inches.

(3)           No more than two decals may be affixed to the vehicle and must be affixed one each to the front doors of the vehicle.

(4)           The decal must be applied and removed without defacing or devaluing the vehicle.

(5)           The cost of decal material, application, and removal of decal must be borne by the using agency.

(6)           The cost of any repairs resulting from inadvertent defacing must be borne by the using agency.  All such repairs must restore the vehicle to its original condition.

(7)           The bumper sticker and method of fixture must be approved by the Division prior to the application of the bumper sticker.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0207             INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT

Special equipment required in the line of duty may be installed on Division vehicles upon receiving prior written authorization.  The using agency must bear the cost of purchase, installation, maintenance, and removal of such equipment.  Any defacing to or devaluing of the vehicle resulting from installation or removal of special equipment must be repaired at the expense of the using agency.  Other equipment not furnished with the vehicle at the time of assignment by the Division shall be paid by the requesting agency.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

SECTION .0300 ‑ ASSIGNMENT OF VEHICLES

 

01 NCAC 38 .0301             TYPES OF VEHICLE ASSIGNMENTS

(a)  Individual Permanent Assignment.  State‑owned passenger‑carrying vehicles may be permanently assigned to state employees for official state business when the vehicle is expected to be driven a minimum of 3,150 miles per quarter or as otherwise provided in G.S. 143(8)(i)(7a).

(b)  Agency‑Assigned Vehicles.  States‑owned passenger carrying vehicles may be assigned to a state agency or institution when the vehicle is expected to be driven an average of 1,050 miles per month to conduct official state business.  Vehicles may also be assigned to a state agency or institution when the vehicle is needed for a unique use involving a minimum number of low mileage trips per month as determined by the agency and approved by the Division.  The vehicle cannot be driven continuously by one employee and must be made regularly available to all persons in the agency.  Agency‑assigned vehicles must be driven the 3,150 miles per quarter minimum.

(c)  Temporary Assignment.  State‑owned vehicles may be temporarily assigned to state employees for official state business or while permanently assigned vehicles are being repaired.  Vehicles for temporary assignment will be centrally controlled and housed by the Division, assigned from a motor pool for a specific purpose, and returned to the motor pool at the end of the assignment.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0302             REQUESTS FOR ASSIGNMENT OF VEHICLES

(a)  Temporary assignment requests for temporary assignment of vehicles shall be made on Form FM‑2 signed by the proper agency supervisor and presented to the dispatcher at the assigning motor pool.  Forms shall be provided by the Division to all requesting agencies.

(1)           Before a vehicle may be picked up, a valid North Carolina driver's license shall be presented to the motor pool dispatcher by the assigned driver and all other passengers who are subject to drive the vehicle during its temporary assignment.

(2)           Temporary assignments are intended to meet the needs of state employees who require transportation on a short‑term (one to thirty days) basis.  All temporarily assigned vehicles shall be returned immediately upon completion of trip or at end of use.

(3)           Temporary assignments shall not be renewed.

(4)           If the vehicle assignment is originally requested for a period in excess of 30 calendar days, the request must be processed as a permanent assignment (see "Permanent Assignments" in this Rule).

(5)           All temporarily assigned vehicles shall be returned to the motor pool from which it was originally dispatched.  During the temporary assignment, the driver should make note of any malfunctions encountered and any repairs and adjustments needed and report them to a fuel pump attendant upon returning the vehicle to the motor pool.

(b)  Permanent Assignments.  Requests for vehicles to be assigned to individuals or agencies on a permanent or indefinite basis or for a period in excess of 30 calendar days shall be made on Form FM‑30, signed by the department head or his/her designee, and forwarded to the Division at least 10 calendar days prior to date of need.  A photocopy of the permanently assigned driver's valid North Carolina driver's license shall be submitted with the FM‑30.  All permanently assigned vehicles shall be returned to Motor Fleet Management on Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, at the end of assignment unless otherwise instructed by the Division.  The Division shall not approve requests for assignment or reassignment when the purpose of that assignment or reassignment is to provide any employee with a newer or lower mileage vehicle because of his or her rank, management authority, or length of service or because of any non job‑related reason.  A reassignment (a transfer of a vehicle from one employee to another) may occur when filling vacant positions to which a vehicle is assigned.  A form FM‑30 must be submitted by the requesting agency and approved by the Division before the vehicle may be reassigned.  The requesting agency must attach a memorandum to the FM‑30 explaining the request for reassignment.  If approved, a Division approved copy of the FM‑30 will be sent to the agency granting permission for the new driver to take possession of the vehicle.  All exchanges of lower mileage and/or better quality vehicles to senior or higher ranking employees and higher mileage and/or lower quality vehicles to junior employees will be denied.

(c)  The Division will not assign "special use" vehicles such as four wheel drive vehicles or law enforcement vehicles to any agency or individual except upon written justification, verified by historical data, and accepted by the Secretary of the Department of Administration.

(1)           All assignments of four‑wheel drive and law enforcement vehicles must be reviewed.  A memorandum, accompanied by historical data, must be sent to the Division for each individual vehicle assigned.

(2)           All requests for "special use" vehicles must be on a completed FM‑30 accompanied by a memorandum explaining the intended use of the vehicle.  Attached to the memorandum should be evidence substantiating the necessity for this type of vehicle, which must be verified by historical data.

(3)           The agency or individual to whom the vehicle is assigned is responsible for forwarding this information to the Division.  The Division will forward all justification requests to the Secretary of the Department of Administration.

(4)           The agency will be notified, in writing, of the Secretary's decision.  If the assignment request is denied, the requesting agency will be notified by the Division of a date for the return of the vehicle to the Division.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0303             DENIAL AND APPEAL PROCEDURES

In the event a request for a permanently or agency assigned vehicle is denied, the agency head may appeal the decision of the Division to the Secretary of the Department of Administration, in writing, within 10 days of denial of request.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0304             VIOLATIONS

A copy of all traffic violations received by state employees while operating state‑owned vehicles is received by the Director of the Division.  An inquiry letter is sent to the department head and a response is requested.  If a state employee is involved in repeated infractions, he/she may be subject to denial of the use of any state‑owned vehicle.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0305             REMOVAL OF VEHICLES FROM INDIVIDUAL AND AGENCY ASSIGNMENT

Permanent vehicle assignment to individuals or agencies may be revoked if any of the following occur:

(1)           If the vehicle is used for any purpose other than official state business.

(2)           If reports are not submitted to the Department of Administration, or if the report is inaccurate, incomplete or correction is not made within 30 days of request.

(3)           If false information is willfully submitted on any report or application.

(4)           If reports or forms are not signed properly and correction is not made within 30 days of a request to do so.

(5)           If vehicle abuse occurs.  Abuse includes, but is not limited to, improper care and maintenance of the vehicle willful damage to the vehicle (destruction of interior or exterior, ordinary wear and tear excepted).

(6)           If the vehicle is not being driven the 3,150 miles quarterly minimum mileage requirement and lower mileage cannot be justified.

(7)           If violations of Motor Vehicle laws are committed.

(8)           Any other willful violation of these Rules.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0306             TERMINATION PROCEDURES

The Division shall revoke the assignment or require the department owning the vehicle to revoke the assignment of a state‑owned passenger motor vehicle, pickup truck or Van when any one of the conditions cited previously in Rule .0305 of this Section have been established by a preponderance of the evidence.  Agencies may cite abuse or any one of the other conditions set forth in Rule .0305 of this Section for appropriate agency disciplinary action.  The following procedures shall be used by the Division:

(1)           Complaints, concerns, and questions received by the Division are acted upon and a written notice is sent to the proper department head.

(2)           Notification by the Division of a vehicle complaint will include specific documentation to support such claim.  The agency must respond with a written reply within 10 days.

(3)           The Division will review the allegation and verify all documents supporting the allegation.  Further, the Division will review the response received from the agency head or alleged offender.

(4)           After a full evaluation of the allegation and response, the Director of the Division will determine if the vehicle assignment shall be revoked.  No revocation will occur based on an anonymous call.

(5)           The Division reserves the right to temporarily terminate a vehicle assignment during the course of an investigation.  This shall be the case under citation of driving while impaired or without a valid driver's license or any other major violation of the motor vehicles laws.

(a)           If a vehicle assignment is revoked, the offender may appeal the decision of the Division's Director to the Secretary of the Department of Administration.  Any appeal must be filed within 10 days of receipt of notice of the Division's decision.

(b)           Any appeal to the termination of a vehicle assignment will be sent to the agency head who will forward the appeal to the Division.  The Division will send the appeal to the Secretary of the Department of Administration.

(c)           If an appeal is denied, and the vehicle assignment is revoked, a new requisition shall not be honored until the Secretary of the Department of Administration is assured that the violation for which the assignment was previously revoked will not recur.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0307             WEEKEND ASSIGNMENTS

When official state business requires the use of a motor pool vehicle on weekends or a state holiday, or early departure on Monday or the day following a state holiday is required, the employee may be assigned a vehicle on Friday afternoon or on the afternoon preceding the holiday.  Such assignments may be made after 5:00 p.m. with no charge for the day that the vehicle is picked up or for the holiday or weekend if the car is not being used.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0308             RETURN OF ASSIGNED VEHICLES

(a)  Vehicles assigned on a temporary basis shall be returned to the motor pool at the end of the assignment period See 1 NCAC .0302.

(b)  The Division will schedule replacement vehicles based on mileage, time in service, economy and nature of use of each vehicle.  If turn‑in or replacement is required, all permanently assigned vehicles must be returned to the Division's Garage on Blue Ridge Road.  When returning a permanently assigned vehicle, all credit cards assigned to that vehicle, vehicle registration, travel log book, and any other materials issued by the Division must be returned.  Drivers must turn their cars in to assignment personnel or the turn‑in will not be recognized by the Division, and the agency will continue to be charged for the assignment until the matter is handled properly.

(c)  All cases of damages or excessive wear due to vehicle misuse or abuse will be billed to the driver's agency (ordinary wear and tear excepted).

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

SECTION .0400 ‑ VEHICLE USE

 

01 NCAC 38 .0401             OFFICIAL USE ONLY

(a)  State‑owned passenger‑carrying vehicles shall be driven only by state employees and used for official state business only.  It shall be unlawful for any state employee to use a state‑owned vehicle for any private purpose whatsoever.  Commuting privileges approved by the Division are not considered a private purpose.

(b)  An employee with an individual permanently assigned vehicle may drive the vehicle to and from his/her home when one or more of the following conditions exist:

(1)           By virtue of his/her position, the employee is entitled to use the vehicle and is so approved and authorized by the Secretary of Administration.

(2)           See G.S. 143-341(8)(i)(7a).

(3)           Employee's home is his/her official work station and the vehicle is parked at home when not being used for official business.

(4)           State‑owned vehicle is required for a trip the following workday and employee's home is closer to the destination than the regular work station, and the employee does not have to report to his/her regular work station before beginning the trip.  Frequent occurrence of this situation would require the Division's approval.

(c)  Temporary and agency assigned vehicles may not be driven to an employee's home unless one of the above four conditions apply.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0402             COMMUTING POLICY

(a)  Employees who routinely drive any state‑owned vehicle between their home and work station shall reimburse the state for mileage.  Reimbursement shall be made by payroll deduction.  The amount of reimbursement shall approximate the benefit derived from the use of the vehicle as prescribed by federal law at a rate established by the Division and shall be for 20 days per month.  Commuting privilege requires prior approval of the Division.

(b)  Commuting, for purposes of this Paragraph, does not include those individuals whose office is in their home, as determined and approved by the Office of State Budget and Management.  Also, commuting does not apply to the following vehicles:

(1)           Clearly marked police and fire vehicles.

(2)           Delivery trucks with seating only for the driver.

(3)           Flatbed trucks.

(4)           Cargo carriers with over a 14,000‑pound capacity.

(5)           School and passenger buses with over 20‑person capacities.

(6)           Ambulances.

(7)           Hearses.

(8)           Bucket trucks.

(9)           Cranes and derricks.

(10)         Forklifts.

(11)         Cement mixers.

(12)         Dump trucks.

(13)         Garbage trucks.

(14)         Specialized utility repair trucks (except vans and pickup trucks).

(15)         Tractors.

(16)         Unmarked law enforcement vehicles that are used in undercover work and are operated by full‑time, fully sworn law enforcement officers whose primary duties include carrying firearms, executing search warrants, and making arrests.

(17)         Any other vehicle exempted under Section 274 (d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, and Federal Internal Revenue  Service regulations based thereon.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0403             TOLL CHARGES

Charges for ferry, bridge, road, or other tolls shall not be charged to the Division.  Such charges shall be paid by the driver when incurred and shall be reimbursed to the driver by his agency.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0404             PARKING AND STORING OF VEHICLES

(a)  Individuals and agencies are responsible for secure and safe storage and parking of vehicles.  Acts of vandalism may result in the agency being charged for repairs.  State‑owned vehicles shall not be left on non‑residential streets or highways overnight unless it is necessary due to mechanical failure or emergency.  When a state‑owned vehicle is parked on a municipal street, it shall be the responsibility of the driver or the driver's agency to pay all parking fees and any parking fines or other fines assessed against the vehicle.  The vehicle may be parked in a commercial or municipal parking facility provided the driver or the driver's agency pays for any parking fees.  The assigned driver shall be responsible for any towing fees resulting from improper parking.

(b)  The Division shall not be responsible for property left in parked vehicles at any location including the Motor Pool Garage.  Further the Division shall not be responsible for the cost of duplicate keys other than those that are issued when the car is assigned.  Also, the Division shall not be responsible for the cost associated with locking a key in a vehicle.

(c)  Parking citations are the responsibility of the assigned driver or the driver's agency at the time of issue.  If a parking citation is not paid within a two‑week period, a notice is sent to the Division and forwarded to their assigned driver.  Two unpaid parking citations received by the Division for the same driver constitutes vehicle abuse.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0405             MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS AND ORDINANCES

It is the responsibility of the driver to observe all state motor vehicle laws and municipal ordinances.  All violations and resulting fines shall be the responsibility of the driver involved.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0406             HITCHHIKERS

Hitchhikers are not permitted to ride in state‑owned vehicles.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0407             RELATIVES

Spouses and children of state employees may accompany them in state‑owned vehicles if sufficient space is available and all travel is strictly for official state business.  No family pets are permitted in state‑owned vehicles.  Leader dogs for the blind are excluded from this restriction.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0408             NON‑STATE EMPLOYED PERSONS

Non‑state employed persons may accompany state employees driving state‑owned vehicles when they have an interest in the purpose of the trip and their presence is related to state business.  Students of universities and colleges may be passengers in state cars to attend athletic events and other activities approved by the institution, provided the proper account is reimbursed at the standard mileage cost rate by the student activity fund involved.  Non‑state employed persons, however, are not allowed to drive the state‑owned vehicle, except for drivers of blind or permanently disabled state employees.  Also excepted are graduate students enrolled in a state‑supported college or university whose educational training requires the use of a state‑owned vehicle.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0409             USE OF STATE‑OWNED VEHICLES FOR PRIVATE PURPOSES

(a)  When an employee is required to use a state‑owned vehicle for travel while away from his/her work station, the vehicle may be used for travel to obtain meals and other necessities, but not for entertainment or any personal purposes.  A state employee may not use a state‑owned vehicle for obtaining meals unless he/she is in travel status, approved commuter status, or approved office in home.

(b)  Under no circumstances may a state employee operate a state‑owned vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating beverages, drugs, or substances, or transport (except in performance of law enforcement duties) these items in a state‑owned vehicle.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0410             OUT‑OF‑STATE TRAVEL

If a vehicle is to be driven to Canada or Mexico the driver must contact the Division 30 days ahead of time so the proper automotive insurance protection may be obtained.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0411             REPLACEMENT OF VEHICLES

(a)  The Division shall formulate a replacement schedule for state‑owned vehicles based upon accumulated mileage, time in service, and nature of use for each vehicle.

(b)  The Division shall ensure that state‑owned vehicles are not normally replaced until the vehicle has been driven at least 90,000 miles.  The Division will schedule replacement at 90,000 miles.

(c)  All cases of damages or excessive wear due to vehicle misuse or abuse will be billed to the driver's agency.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

SECTION .0500 ‑ USE OF PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLES

 

01 NCAC 38 .0501             STATE POLICY ON USE OF PRIVATE VEHICLES

G.S. 138‑6 provides for reimbursement of state employees for actual mileage driven when using their private vehicles on official state business.  Reimbursement shall not exceed the rate charged for motor pool vehicles or normal air coach fares when private vehicles are used for the convenience of the employee.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 138-6; 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0502             REIMBURSEMENT AT STATUTORY RATE

(a)  The statutory rate for use of a private vehicle is the rate of reimbursement set by the Legislature.   Employees may be reimbursed by their agency at statutory rates when using their personal vehicles for state business when the round trip does not exceed 60 miles and travel is approved by their agency head.

(b)  When trips are to exceed 60 miles, agencies shall use a state vehicle if one is available within the Raleigh servicing area.  If a motor pool vehicle cannot be supplied, the motor pool dispatcher must stamp the FM2 form before the trip is made in a private vehicle, indicating a motor pool vehicle is unavailable when needed.

(c)  Statutory rates may also be paid to employees with physical handicaps when equipment for operating a vehicle is not available on state‑owned vehicles.  Also, when use of a private vehicle is in the best interest of the state and results from the particular requirements of the employee's duties, statutory rates may be paid.

(d)  Reimbursement at statutory rates shall be limited to actual miles driven on official state business only.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 138-6; 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

SECTION .0600 ‑ MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

 

01 NCAC 38 .0601             TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MOTOR POOLS

The motor pools do not provide local transportation for persons who must leave their vehicle for service.  Nor is local transportation provided to a motor pool when a temporary vehicle is picked up at the beginning of a trip.  Arrangements shall be made for local transportation prior to arriving at a motor pool.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0602             USE OF PRIVATE LICENSE PLATES

The Division may not assign private license plates to any state‑owned vehicle except as provided in G.S. 14‑250.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 14-250; 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.

 

01 NCAC 38 .0603             DRIVING UNDER ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

Temporarily assigned vehicles will not be issued during adverse weather conditions such as accumulated snow, sleet, or ice on roadways.  Temporarily assigned vehicles already requested may be cancelled or delayed at the discretion of the Division in the event of any adverse weather conditions.  Drivers of vehicles on permanent assignment, who drive during adverse weather conditions, are cautioned to take extreme care and employ safety measures to ensure the safety of driver and passengers.  Any damage to Division‑owned vehicles operated during adverse weather conditions shall be paid by the using agency when it is found that such damage resulted from negligence on the part of the driver.  Drivers are requested to turn on headlights while driving during inclement weather and are required by state law to turn on headlights when operating windshield wipers.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑341(8)i;

Eff. October 1, 1992.