How were these programs developed and paid for?

Both programs were campus collaborations, planned and developed by a team consisting of Fleet Services, Risk Services, Human Resources, Parking and Transportation, and Environment, Health, and Safety. The team also obtained feedback from several other departments with significant numbers of drivers. Some details on each program:

  • Online Defensive Driver Training: By adapting the training used by State of California agencies, we have kept development costs to an acceptable and absorbable minimum. The State agreed to provide the course itself for free. We paid only for small modifications to the program, mostly to remove State-specific material not relevant to the University. These costs, along with the ongoing costs of administering the program, are currently being funded by a revenue sharing agreement with the campus vehicle rental partner. The revenue derives from non-campus rentals out of the campus-owned facility.

  • Centralized Driver Record Monitoring: The Office of the President has contracted with a third party provider of electronic driving records. Because OP recognizes the risk-reducing value of the program and wants to remove any financial barriers as experienced by campus customers, it pays the directs costs from the third party provider. In the past, campus departments that engaged Fleet Services to perform Driver Record Monitoring were charged an administrative fee for those services. Starting July 1, 2015, Fleet Services no longer charges the administrative fee. Instead, the ongoing costs of administering the program are funded in the same way as the Online Defensive Driver Training program, through revenues from the campus vehicle rental partner.

For as long as our current funding model holds, there will be no charge to campus customers for either of these programs. Should our funding situation change, we will always continue to strive for a no- or low-cost program.