Saint Louis University

Van Rental

Transportation Services coordinates the rental of University vans to assist the transportation needs of faculty, staff, students and University sanctioned organizations conducting official University business.

For more information about our van rental services, click on one of the anchors below:

Van Rental Request |Rental Rates | Restrictions | Vehicle Pickup & Return | Driver Eligibility | MVLRC | User Responsibility | Reservations | Gas & Oil Expenses | University Insurance | Emergency Repairs | Accident Reporting | Rental Handbook | Contact Transportation Services

In August 2015, Enterprise made adjustments to the rates that we are charged for the rental vehicles that we use. We have taken this opportunity to review our current rental fee structure and made changes to more appropriately reflect the cost associated with these adjustments. Effective August 31, 2015, the new rate structure is as follows:

Rental Rates

Time Period/Mileage Half Day* Daily Rate**
Less than 50 miles $39 + $5 (gas and van prep.) $64 + $5 (gas and van prep.)
More than 50 miles*** $39 + gas $64 + gas

*Half Day: Checked out and returned before noon of the same day.

**Daily Rate: Checked out in the morning and returned after noon OR Checked out after noon and returned same day.

***Rentals of more than 50 miles will be charged the gas used when filled to level it was when picked up (per amount charged to the gas card provided by Transportation Services). If gas is not filled upon return, a charge of $0.20/mile will be assessed based on Google Maps calculation of the round trip distance (miles) to the destination and back.

Specialty vehicles are charged the current market rate.

24 hour notice is required for rental requests and/or cancellation. If van is not picked up, or 24-hour cancellation notice is not given by email, the established rate will be charged.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the changes, please contact Transportation Services.


Only persons directly engaged in the University activity for which the van is to be used may be passengers in the vehicle. The vehicles are not available for personal purposes and may not be kept overnight at an employee's or student's place of residence, except as authorized.

Vans in excess of five years old will be restricted to travel within a 50 mile one-way radius.

Vans whose age is less than five years will be scheduled for travel within a 500 mile one-way radius. 

For trips that exceed a 500 mile one-way radius:

  • Rental of vans or vehicles through an outside rental company will be coordinated by Transportation Services 
  • Require a department-approved adult volunteer (21 years or older) to accompany students. 
  • When more than one vehicle is taken on the trip and only one university faculty or staff member is involved, the vehicles must travel as a caravan.

SLU prohibits the rental of 15-passenger vehicles.

Vehicles obtained through the SLU Van Service may not be operated by any person under the influence of alcohol, illegal substances or any drug impairing the operator's ability to safely operate the vehicle.



Vehicle Pickup & Return

  • Vehicles are checked out from the Security booth in the Olive garage.

  • All drivers will be requested to present their driver's license and confirmation form at the time of pick-up. 

    • NOTE: A copy of the driver's license will not be accepted and the van will not be released for the scheduled use--no exceptions.

    • If more than one vehicle has been requested, a single driver may not pick up the keys for multiple vehicles.

    • You must submit a MVLRC License Check, 48 hours in advance

  • A travel packet containing keys, gas card, insurance ID card and Van Request Form will be issued to each authorized driver.

  • Verify the following information on the trip record:

    • beginning mileage

    • inspection of the vehicle, inside and outside, noting cleanliness, dents, damages, etc.

    • time, date, print name and signature of driver.

  • Vehicles will be available for pick-up on a 24 hour basis.

  • In the event that there is a time or date change on picking up the vehicle, please notify the Transportation Services assistant (977-7374) before arriving to pick-up the vehicle.   

    • 24 hour notice is required in the event of a cancellation to ensure your department is not charged.

  • The user(s) of a University van may park his/her vehicle in the non-reserved areas of the Olive garage. All parking after 11 p.m. requires a valid SLU hangtag. If you are not a participant in SLU's parking program, you will need to pay the garage parking fee upon leaving the garage. Failure to display a valid SLU hangtag, reader ticket, or an overnight hangtag may result in a tow.

  • Return the van to the Olive parking garage and park in the assigned space.

  • All vans should be returned in same condition as when received, i.e.,the interior free of all paper and trash. The general cleanliness of the vehicle is the responsibility of the driver. The department and/or organization may be billed accordingly if Transportation Services must clean the vehicle.

  • Vans should be re-fueled if trips exceed 50 miles round trip, otherwise gas is included for a flat $5 fee and transportation services will re-fuel the van.

  • Record the following information on the trip record:

    • ending odometer reading

    • record of vehicular-related expenses required during the trip

    • problems incurred while using the vehicle, i.e., describe any unusual noises, operational problems, remarks for the mechanic

    • dents or other damage

    • accidents and/or injuries. (Accident forms must be completed and turned in along with a police report.)

    • date, time, printed name and signature of driver

  • Return the travel packet with items (keys, credit card, insurance ID card and trip record) immediately to the drop box located outside the Security booth in the Olive garage. Do not lock keys in the van!

  • The authorized drivers are expected to return the van at the time listed on the reservation form. This is necessary in order for Transportation Services to get the van ready before the next group is scheduled to use it.

  • All vehicles that are returned after the designated return time may be charged additional fees.

  • In the case of unexpected delays due to emergencies or acts beyond the driver's control, please report the delays to DPSSS at 977-3000 as soon as possible.



Driver Eligibility

All drivers, including passengers who will substitute as drivers, must meet the following criteria, before being authorized to drive University vans.

Please allow at least 48 hours for the reference checks, if you do not have an approved license verification check you will not be allowed to drive and the van will not be released in your care:

  1. Names must be listed on the Van Request form
  2. All drivers must complete and submit the Motor Vehicle License Reference Check (MVLRC) Form.
    1. For Missouri Licenses fill out the form by clicking here.
    2. For all other out of state licenses please go to the Office of Clinical Education Compliance in DuBourg Hall Rm 20 and ask to have a drivers license verification for Transportation Services.  Make sure you bring a valid drivers license, no appointment is necessary.
  3. All drivers must be at least 18 years of age
  4. Must have a US drivers license.

The University reserves the right to ensure that all drivers of University vans have reasonable driving records and will only authorize drivers based upon the motor vehicle license reference check. A confirmation will be sent to each department or organization, listing the authorized drivers.

This process must be completed for each driver once per year.   The year's schedule runs by SLU's fiscal year starting July 1st and ending June 30th.  All verifications will be kept on file for two years; however, a new verification must be obtained annually in order to drive refresh your driving status.

Driver Criteria



User Responsibility
  • Submit the on-line Motor Vehicle License Reference Check (MVLRC) form for authorization to drive the vehicles, 48 hours prior to renting a van.

  • Complete paperwork on the trip record prior to leaving the Olive garage, throughout the trip and before turning in the travel packet and keys.

  • Abide by all safety and parking policies of Saint Louis University.

  • Comply with all state and Federal regulations concerning driving practices and the operation of vehicles, including:

    • Exercise defensive driving skills and operate vehicles in a responsible, safe and considerate manner.

    • Seat belts must be worn while driving or riding in vehicles. The driver must ensure that all seat belts are secure before moving the vehicle.

    • Open alcohol containers and/or illegal substances are not permitted in vehicles.

  • All traffic offense fines, payments or penalties are the personal obligation of the driver. (Note: It is not permissible to use University funds to make payment.)

  • Smoking or any type of tobacco products are not permitted in vehicles.




A van may be reserved by Saint Louis University departments or university-sanctioned organizations for official University business. Vans are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis and a Van Request Form must be completed and submitted to Transportation Services.

Van Request Form
This form is available on-line by clicking here. Please complete the form and submit the request on-line.

Information required includes: driver name(s), department, department phone, purpose of the trip, departure date and time, destination, return date and time, number of passengers and an account number.

The verification and approval process will be completed on-line for all departments and University sanctioned organizations with valid University accounts. The existing approval process for on-line requisitioning will be followed. If organizations do not have a University account, there will be an area on the form to indicate this and payment will be expected in advance of the trip. Prepayment will include the full rental fee and half of the estimated fuel cost per the Transportation Supervisor. Prepayment checks should be made payable to Saint Louis University and be delivered to Matt Olwig - Schwitalla Hall, Room 259. 

A verification of all van requests will be sent to each requestor.

Drivers License Verification

Be sure to submit your MVLRC license check ahead of time as well.  For information regarding this click here.



Gas & Oil Expenses

A Voyager gasoline credit card is issued in the travel packet and should be carried by the driver at all times and not left in the van. This card may be used for the purchase of self-service, non-premium gasoline for the designated University van on scheduled official University business. All receipts for gasoline purchased must be turned in with the vehicle upon completion of trip.

For those trips under 50 miles round trip, re-fueling is not necessary due to the flat $5 gas fee.  If you have a trip that is scheduled for over 50 miles round trip, re-fueling is necessary and will be billed back to the sponsoring department.

Please note that it is against University policy to purchase gasoline or other services with a university-owned credit card for a privately-owned vehicle.

On an exception basis, if out-of-pocket gasoline and oil expenses are necessary, please be sure to save all receipts in order to be reimbursed. List these expenses on the trip record, return the receipts in the travel packet and Transportation Services will submit the appropriate paperwork for your reimbursement. The department or organization requesting the vehicle will be billed accordingly for these expenses.



University Insurance

The University automobile fleet insurance policy coverage is provided by the United Educators Risk Retention Group. Valid insurance ID cards serve as proof of insurance. They are provided by Risk Management and are included in the travel packet.

A $1,000 deductible is charged to the department or organization for all university auto-claims, for more detail please visit Risk Management's page.



Emergency Repairs

In the event that the vehicle becomes inoperable and requires emergency repairs to continue, please use the following procedures and good judgment to ensure that costs are reasonable for repairs and that the University's interests are protected:

Within 50-Mile radius of Saint Louis University

For repairs less than $150:
  • Have repairs made and obtain copies of invoices, which must show the vehicle license number, mileage, date and signature of driver authorizing repairs.

  • Pay with the Voyager gasoline credit card.

  • The parts replaced must be brought back, should remain in the van upon return and noted on the trip record unless the item is an exchange part.

    For repairs exceeding $150:

  • Have the vehicle towed to the Olive garage.

  • Note all information on the trip record in detail.

Outside the 50-mile radius of Saint Louis University: Obtain an estimate of repair cost

For repairs less than $150:
  • Have repairs made and obtain copies of invoices, which must show the vehicle license number, mileage, date and signature of driver authorizing repairs.

  • Pay with the Voyager gasoline credit card.

  • The parts replaced must be brought back, should remain in the van upon return and noted on the trip record unless the item is an exchange part.

  • For repairs exceeding $150:

  • If the university van is inoperable and you are within the Missouri/Illinois area, obtain authorization from the Transportation Services manager at (314) 977-3465, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m-4 p.m. or call Public Safety at (314) 977-3000 after work hours, weekends, and holidays to contact the manager. Have the vehicle towed to the nearest dealer of make of the vehicle involved!! NOTE: Remove all keys and property and lock the vehicle. Deposit keys with the shop manager.

NOTE: If a van must be left unattended until assistance arrives, ensure that the vehicle does not obstruct traffic, windows are rolled up, doors are locked, and the keys and all credit cards are in the possession of the driver.



Accident Reporting 

An accident is defined as an incident in which a University vehicle is involved (whether in motion, temporarily stopped, parked or being loaded or unloaded) that results in personal injury and/or property damage, regardless of who was hurt, what property was damaged or who was responsible.

In the event of an accident involving a university van, the following procedures should be followed, regardless of the extent of damage:

Emergency Procedures

  • Stop immediately! Do not leave the scene until a police report has been taken.

  • Take necessary steps to prevent additional accidents at the scene.

  • Call a police, doctor, ambulance, or emergency medical team, if necessary. If qualified to do so, render aid to the injured until help arrives.

Information Required

  • At the scene, write down the following information from all other drivers

  • Name, address, phone

  • Driver's license number

  • License plate number and size

  • Insurance information, i.e., name of the insurance company and agent, phone number, policy number

  • Get names, addresses and phone numbers from all witnesses.

  • Give your name, address, place of employment and supervisor's name to the police officer.

  • While at the scene of the accident, secure information needed to complete SLU's Automobile Accident Report Form. A copy of this form can be found in the packet you received from Transportation Services and must be sent to Risk Management within two business days.

Do not make any statement, oral or written, as to whom was at fault, since any admission may impair the insurer's ability to defend questionable legal liability. The appropriate legal authority will decide fault or liability. While your signature is required if a traffic citation is issued to you, your signature does not constitute an admission of guilt.

Reporting of Accidents/Injuries
Accidents and/or injuries to anyone must be reported at once to Public Safety (314) 977-3000. Public Safety will notify Risk Management and Transportation Services.

Follow-up Paperwork by Driver
Complete and submit the Automobile Accident Report Form to Risk Management, in Wool Center 3rd Floor or fax to (314) 977-1457.

Risk Management will coordinate with Transportation Services for vehicle assessments and repairs.

NOTE: For detailed information on deductibles and other payment information visit Risk Management's page.


Rental Handbook

All of the information provided here can be found in this comprehensive handbook



Contact Transportation Services

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