State Reviewing Safety Records Of Passenger Vans

State Reviewing Safety Records Of Passenger Vans


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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- Following the tragic accident that killed eight Utah State University students and one of it’s faculty members, the State of Utah is reviewing the safety records of it’s 15 passenger vans but isn’t pulling the cars off the roads.

Margaret Chambers, Deputy Director Of State Fleet Service, says they have a checklist of strict requirements to operate the 15-passenger vans. ”Risk management is reviewing the policy on 15 passenger vans and we’re working with them on that.”

While the state has no plans to ground the vehicles, Chambers says they have been phasing out the 15 passenger vans in favor of 12 passenger vans.

While the state owns dozens of 15 passenger vans, she says the vans must be operated under strict guidelines, “As long as those recommendations are followed, we feel like they are safe.”

Utah State University has made the decision to ground its fleet of vans. Chambers says they've told other universities within the state they don't need to park their vehicles, just follow the state's safety checklist.

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