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Commission considers courtesy vehicle policy
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Among items on the agenda for the full Warren County Commissioners meeting to be held this Monday is a resolution to revise the policy pertaining to use of the courtesy vehicle at Warren County Memorial Airport.
County director of safety David Britton and insurance representative Bob Shupe reviewed the outdated release forms which were being used for the airport’s courtesy vehicles. It was decided a new release form should be generated before pilots would be allowed to drive a vehicle.
The use of courtesy vehicles at the airport had been suspended until the Motor Vehicle Review was revised.
Changes made to the MVR regarding airport courtesy vehicles include the description of vehicles to be used by non-county employees. The report states, “County owned/ leased vehicles are to be operated by county employees only with the exception of the Airport Courtesy Vehicles provided for out-of-town pilots as covered in Exhibit B of this MVR policy.”
According to Exhibit B, airport courtesy vehicles are to be used by out-of-town pilots only. The driver must sign a waiver stating, “Warren County shall not be held responsible to the driver for any loss of business of any other damage caused by the use of the courtesy car, or for any property of driver or any other person which is damaged, lost or stolen in or from the courtesy vehicle.”
The driver of the vehicle must be at least 21 and must possess a valid driver license.
The waiver also states, “The county does not guarantee the condition of the vehicle. In the event of breakdown, the county has no obligation to provide an alternative vehicle or alternative transportation.”
The airport was using a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice and a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria as courtesy vehicles. Both of the vehicles were acquired in 2001 from the Sheriff’s Department. Both vehicles were beginning to deteriorate in looks and reliability, county officials said.
County Commissioners voted to purchase a 2004 Ford Freestar van to use in place of the 1992 Caprice as a courtesy vehicle for the airport. The Caprice has been placed on to be auctioned as surplus.