Each vanpool has one primary driver and up to five alternate drivers. In order to qualify as a driver, an applicant must complete the Driver Application and Driver’s Responsibility forms and be approved. Only vRide, the private firm contracted by TheRide to provide the vans, can approve drivers, and only those with prior approval from vRide are permitted to drive the van.
The primary driver has extra monthly responsibilities. Therefore, the primary driver is exempt from paying the monthly vanpool fee and sharing in the fuel expenses, except for personal miles driven.
The primary driver is allowed 200 personal miles each month by vRide. He/she may choose to share those miles with other authorized drivers, but cannot exceed the monthly maximum. Alternative drivers using the van for personal use must report the mileage to the primary driver for disclosure on the monthly vanpool report. All personal miles must be recorded and are taxable, similar to earned income. Personal mileage is defined as anything outside of the van commute, having maintenance performed, and taking the van to the overnight parking location.