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personnel who use General Services Administration (GSA) vehicles or
commercially leased vehicles from the Fort McCoy Transportation Motor
Pool (TMP) should treat the vehicles as if they were their own and
follow all regulations to ensure their personal safety and the future
availability of the vehicles, said Jane Schmidt, Fort McCoy Installation
Dennis Diercks of the Fort McCoy
Transportation Motor Pool checks tire pressure on a General
Services Administration/ leased vehicle at the TMP, building
1887. Air compressors at the Fort McCoy MWR Car Wash and the
Post Exchange also can be used to check tire pressure on
government vehicles outside of TMP hours.
said authorized personnel who drive GSA vehicles must meet all
requirements, including having a valid state driver’s license and
successfully completing an authorized accident-avoidance course within
the past four years. This covers vehicles such as sedans and vans up to
15 passengers. People driving larger vehicles, such as buses or tractor
trailers, need commercial driver’s licenses.
not sure what the qualifications are, call the dispatchers at the TMP”
at 608-388-3616, Schmidt said.
have a number of responsibilities to fulfill before driving the
vehicles, Schmidt said. The first thing they should do is to perform a
visual check of the vehicle. This includes walking around a vehicle to
ensure there is no obvious damage to the vehicle, tires have sufficient
tread and appear to be properly inflated.
operational checks should be performed. This includes
inspecting/checking the headlights, directional signals, windshield
wipers, brakes, oil levels, etc., to ensure they meet recommended
standards and are working properly.
notice something is wrong, report it and get it repaired as soon as
possible,” Schmidt said. “We’re dependent on the drivers of the vehicles
to maintain them.”
Organizations that have vehicles must complete and submit paperwork as
scheduled. Schmidt said this includes mileage cards, which must be
completed each time the vehicle is used.
mileage cards are used by TMP to submit mileage to GSA for billing
people to have vehicles to do their jobs,” Schmidt said. “People need to
take care of the vehicles.”
must follow all federal regulations governing the operation of the GSA
vehicles. That includes no smoking in the vehicles. If there is damage,
such as burns or the odor of smoke, GSA will bill Transportation for the
cleanup, she said. In turn, the cost is billed to the organization using
for fair wear and tear on the vehicles.
that exceeds that cost will be billed back to the agency using the
vehicle, Schmidt said.
regulations that drivers must follow include no use of cell phones
(except for hands-free operation) and no texting, the use of seat belts,
obeying speed limits, etc.
said operators also must not leave their vehicles running unattended or
leave personal items, credit cards, log books, keys, etc., in unsecured
or unlocked vehicles.
of GSA vehicles usually have only one set of keys so it is impossible to
leave the vehicle running and secured if the operator is not in the
vehicle. Security concerns dictate that vehicles always are locked when
not being used.
said these regulations are in effect on and off post, even if the local
laws differ from federal laws or regulations.
observe you breaking the federal laws and regulations — on or off post
— and you’re reported, it will be forwarded to your supervisor,”
Organizations that do not follow regulations may see the availability of
their vehicles affected, she said.
can check tire air pressure of government vehicles at an air pump
located at the TMP complex, building 1887 from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays.
Visit the TMP front desk to use the equipment.
also has a vacuum and car wash facility for government vehicles.
information about GSA vehicle operation, call 608-388-3616.