Colleges Transitioning To Smaller Size Vehicles

Colleges Transitioning To Smaller Size Vehicles

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PROVO, Utah (KSL News Services) -- The accident that killed nine students two days ago still weighs heavy on the minds on Utah State University students. But how does the accident affect van fleets at other colleges?

BYU Spokesperson Carrie Jenkins says they'll put more emphasis on making sure van drivers follow the training they received during their certification process. All van drivers must attend a course that focuses on defensive driving and the differences between driving a van instead of a car.

”This is a defensive driving course as well as a course to help the drivers understand the difference between driving a van versus a car,” she says.

Jenkins says BYU phased out all of its 15 passenger vans a few years ago but continues to run a fleet of 35 twelve passenger vans and says the school recently tightened its drivers regulations.

”Our oldest van is a 2001, 2002. They go right up to brand new with the majority being 2004 models,” says Jenkins.

Utah Valley State College has pulled the rear seats out of its 15 passenger vans and many schools are now making the transition to smaller size vans.

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