Planning a Successful Vanpool

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Irvine Spectrum Vanpool

Planning a Successful Vanpool 

To be successful, a vanpool needs to be well planned and the rules of the van need to be determined and well communicated. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Choose a meeting point that is central to all passengers. Park and Ride lots work well as do retail centers. If you use a retail center or other private location, seek permission first. 
  • Arrive at the meeting point promptly at the agreed upon time. Decide in advance how long the van will wait for tardy passengers. Five minutes is typical.
  • Make your seat payment on or before the date it is due. Your driver is required to make the overall lease payment on time.
  • Be considerate of your fellow passengers. Decide in advance on smoking, eating, radio station preferences, etc. Resolve conflicts as they arise.
  • Do not perform personal errands or make unscheduled stops with passengers aboard. The van should be washed and fueled outside of commute trips.
  • Each van should have a driver and two alternates. This ensures the vanpool will still operate if the primary driver cannot drive.
  • Decide on an advance notice policy if previously made arrangements are to change.