|Richard Trott (l) chief, Transportation Management Branch, Division of Logistics Services, OD, views driver’s online training with Mark Minnick, fleet manager at NIH.
Did you know that a government vehicle should only be used if no other means of economical transportation is available? Did you know that the use of hand-held devices was prohibited while operating a government vehicle before most states made it against the law? Do you know what kind of maintenance you are authorized to pay for when using a DHHS fleet card?
From Jan. 1, 2000, to date, there have been 50 reportable government vehicle- related accidents here at NIH, with a total cost to NIH of $121,952.78 to repair damages. This is an average of 4.5 accidents per year, costing an average of $11,086.62 per incident. There has also been one injury associated with these accidents. In many instances, the accidents have been due to operator error.
In an effort to reduce the number of vehicle-related accidents and injuries, DHHS and NIH have teamed up to create an online course of study that is free to NIH employees. Knowing a few simple rules about the use of government vehicles and fleet cards can be valuable when operating a government-owned vehicle. In 30 minutes or less, you can complete the NIH Fleet Drivers’ Overview and Training course. Topics include: responsible use of fleet vehicles; responsible use of the fleet card; top 10 rules to remember; and requirements for maintaining your driver’s license.
You can find the course at the HHS Learning Portal (https://lms.learning.hhs.gov/). For assistance logging in, contact the Helpdesk Phone: 1-855-495-2184 or Helpdesk Email: DHHSHelp@hhs.gov or call (301) 496-4511.