Sponsored by California Vanpool Authority, a public transit agency, CalVans supplies qualified drivers with late model vans to drive themselves and others to work or school. CalVans pays for the gas, maintenance, repairs, and a $10 million insurance policy. All you pay for is your ride.
Find enough fellow workers traveling to your worksite willing to share a ride. Depending on the number you find, you can get an 8- or 15-passenger van. Review the costs with everyone involved. Decide who will be the main driver and those who are willing to be back-up drivers. To be a driver or back-up driver apply online.
CalVans offers you 24/7 response if needed. We have staff on-call and stand-by on the weekends and evenings in case a vanpool group has a problem. Every six months or 6,000 miles, we perform routine maintenance on your van on location. You will not need to take your van in for service. You will find a fuel card, along with a copy of the vehicle’s registration and insurance, in the Emergency Packet onboard your CalVans vehicle.
If you have more than two (2) points, a felony DUI, hit and run or reckless driving in the last five years, unfortunately we cannot approve you as a CalVans driver. An SR-22 is not acceptable for insurance purposes for a CalVans vanpool.
Per California Vehicle Code, you will need a physical to drive a 15-passenger van. A physical is not necessary for smaller vans. To drive a 15-passenger van, you must pass a Class B Physical from a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration authorized provider. You also must present the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) to the Transit Coordinator and maintain the MEC while driving a CalVans vehicle. Let us know if you don’t have one. We will help arrange for your physical. Visit the Department of Transportation online for Driver Medical Requirements.
Once we gather all of your paperwork and determine that all necessary paperwork is in order, we will assign you a van. A CalVans staff member will meet with you to go over daily operating details, vanpool policies, requirements, and help answer questions you may have. We have several offices in California, with the possibility of having one near you, where you can pick up your van. During the pandemic office closures, we will need to arrange to pick up/deliver the van. Please call ahead.
Be sure to complete our Accident Report form. Every van contains an Emergency Packet that provides instruction regarding what to do in case an accident. The CalVans staff member that conducts driver and van orientation will walk you through this process. You would treat an accident in a CalVans vehicle much like any accident, but a Law Enforcement Report is required for any incident.
- Why would anyone pass up an opportunity to keep more of their hard-earned money?
- Car trouble will never keep you from getting to work or school in a CalVans vehicle.
- One full 15-passenger van takes fourteen vehicles off the road – a huge step toward a healthier environment for us all.
- Equipped with two-way radios, GPS, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, and other safety gear, CalVans takes the worry out of commuting.
- Fill your commute with laughter and good conversation. CalVans brings people together.