FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- PIN for Fleet Card
- State Vehicle Insurance Coverage
- Authorized Drivers
- Vehicle Rental
- Alternative Fuels
- FMD Calculator (Trip Optimizer)
- Fleet Management Software
1. PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN)
Drivers must have a Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) issued to the driver to fuel state vehicles. Any PIN already issued to employees should be assigned to the Fleet Card account along with their associated EMPLID’s (Fleet Card account that an agency establishes with the Fleet Card provider - firstname.lastname@example.org).
Will Fleet Management provide agency drivers with PIN?
- Each Fleet Card account with the statewide vendor has an allotted batch of PINs. Agencies must assign PINs within their accounts. Then and only then created PINs must be reported to Fleet Management along with a driver’s name and state ID to be added to the master PIN list.
Summarizing, Fleet Management assigns PIN to drivers of FMD owned vehicles if the leasing agency does not own vehicles = does not have their own Fleet Card account. Agencies need to establish PIN for their vehicle drivers on their own with the vendor and report that PIN for Fleet Management.
2. STATE VEHICLE INSURANCE COVERAGE
What is the Coverage on State Vehicles, how much is the deductible?
- Liability [Refer to the following: 51 O.S. § 154 (A)] (provided by agency standard liability coverage through Risk Management): The total liability of the state . . . on claims within the scope of The Governmental Tort Claims Act, arising out of an accident or occurrence . . . shall not exceed:
- Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) for any claim or to any claimant who has more than one claim for loss of property arising out of a single act, accident, or occurrence;
- Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, . . . to any claimant for a claim for any other loss arising out of a single act, accident, or occurrence. The limit of liability for the state . . . shall not exceed one Hundred Seventy-five Thousand Dollars ($175,000). . . .
- One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) for any number of claims arising out of a single occurrence or accident.
- Risk Management’s Auto Liability Program provides insurance coverage to state employees while in the Scope of Employment only; it does not cover any individual failing to meet the definition of an employee under Oklahoma Governmental Tort Claims Act. [Refer to the following: 51 O.S. 151 et seq.; 51 O.S. § 152 (7); 51 O.S. § 152 (12); 51 O.S. 152.1 (A) and (B); 51 O.S. 153 (A) and (B); 51 O.S. § 155, specifically exemption 18 related to contractors - see more under section 3 "AUTHORIZED DRIVERS".]
- FMD Vehicle Physical Damage (provided by Fleet Management through Risk Management):
- It is a non-mandatory (agency elective) coverage with Risk Management
- Policy deductible is $2,500.00 for vehicle value up to $50,000, and $5,000 for vehicle value over $50,000
- If a state driver is found at fault, Risk Management Rules require a driver to take a defensive driving class within 6 months of an incident
3. AUTHORIZED DRIVERS
Does the state’s Auto Liability Self-insurance Program administered by the Risk Management Department of the Division of Capital Assets Management protect any person driving a state owned vehicle?
- Risk Management’s Auto Liability Program provides insurance coverage to state employees while in the Scope of Employment only; it does not cover any individual failing to meet the definition of an employee under Oklahoma Governmental Tort Claims Act. [Refer to the following: 51 O.S. 151 et seq.; 51 O.S. § 152 (7); 51 O.S. § 152 (12); 51 O.S. 152.1 (A) and (B); 51 O.S. 153 (A) and (B); 51 O.S. § 155, specifically exemption 18 related to contractors*.]
* Galt Foundation temporary employees may drive Oklahoma State vehicles, provided the temporary employee is contracted through SW800/PS# 1862 with Galt Foundation. The temporary employee will not be covered under Oklahoma Risk Management insurance. The temporary employee driver will need to maintain a current copy of Galt Foundation’s insurance provided a current MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) be supplied to Galt Foundation at the client’s expense.
4. VEHICLE RENTAL
There are several ways to utilize a vehicle for state business. First is a long term commitment either by vehicle purchase or lease through FMD. Second is mileage reimbursement.
Daily car rental is a middle solution that offsets costs and risk associated with the options mentioned above for those who do not need car that often.
Where can I rent the car?
- Agencies can rent cars either from FMD (web) or through SW771 (web).
- At the moment a statewide rental car contract is awarded to Enterprise Rent-A-Car®.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car® has over 44 locations throughout the State of Oklahoma and over 6,000 locations nationwide.
How do I select the most efficient solution?
- FMD provides an online tool “Trip Calculator” (web) that allows agencies to select the most efficient solution based on the travel criteria provided (date, distance, and vehicle class).
How much was spent on mileage reimbursement by the State of Oklahoma agencies cumulatively?
- CY08: $26,532,013
- CY09: $26,435,111
- CY10: $18,624,277
- CY11: $18,899,814
- CY12: $17,914,404
- CY13: $17,925,233
What is the current mileage reimbursement rate?
- The State of Oklahoma uses the Federal reimbursement rate of $0.56 (01/01/2014-07/01/2014), unless Title 74, Section 85.45l (Trip Optimizer System Use Requirements) applies.
What is the Trip Calculator?
- The Trip Calculator determines best value to state agencies for trips that require a rental vehicle. Options include the State of Oklahoma Fleet Management Motor Pool, vendors under Statewide Contract 771 and mileage reimbursement. Variables taken into consideration are the rental rates, number of days and expected miles driven, any free miles provided, the cost of fuel (updated on a daily basis using AAA Fuel Gauge Report), and include average miles per gallon for each class of vehicle.
How to pay for fuel for rental through SW771?
- Fuel is out of pocket expense; drivers need to seek reimbursement from an agency later by submitting a travel claim
- Exception, if a vehicle is returned to the vendor w/o refueling during rental, vendor will apply the difference of used fuel to the rental cost
Where are eligible fuel stations?
- Gas: Level 3 Gas Stations in Oklahoma
- Alternative (i.e. CNG): Alternative Fuels Stations
What is the regulation for use of vans for transporting students?
- Title 47, Section 12-232 (http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=453197)
- Federal statute (49 USC 30117, 30112 & 30165) prohibits school districts from purchasing or leasing new vehicles designed for 10-14 passengers, not including the driver, to transport students unless the vehicles comply with the motor vehicle standards prescribed for school buses. This definition includes the two common types of vehicles usually referred to as 12 or 15-passenger vans and applies to the original seating design of the vehicle. Previous federal law placed restrictions on dealers who sold these new vehicles to school districts. The expansion of the law to cover school district purchasers includes penalties of up to $10,000 per restricted vehicle purchased and $15 million for a pattern of violations.
5. ALTERNATIVE FUELS
What is the definition for an alternative fuels vehicle?
- A vehicle that displaces or minimizes the use of petroleum products (gasoline). Alternative fuels are compressed natural gas, liquid propane gas and electric vehicles are an example of alternative fuels or means of combustion.
What does NOx mean?
- Nitrogen oxides form when fuel is burned at high temperatures, as in a combustion process. The primary sources of NOx (NO and NO2) are motor vehicles, electric utilities, and other industrial, commercial, and residential sources that burn fuels.
What is the federal mandate for replacement with alt fuels capable vehicles?
- 10 CFR Part 490, The alternative Fuel Transportation Program, began in 1997 with 30% replacement increasing to 75% by 2000.
Has the State met that mandate?
- Yes, additionally we have exceeded the mandate requirement in past years and have 240 Banked Credits that can be used in the event the State could not meet the replacement mandate in the future.
How much does a CNG vehicle cost?
Examples of SW035C (FY14 pricing):
- A dedicated compact sedan, $24,904
- A 1/2t bi-fuel truck (ec, 2WD), $26,271
- A 3/4t bi-fuel truck (cc, 4WD), $29,993
How long does it take to recoup the investment in an alt fuel car?
- The Return on Investment (ROI) depends on the following factors:
- SW035 price difference between regular (gas) and CNG bi-fuel F-150 Extended Cab 2WD: $5,974
- the price of unleaded 87 is $3.439 (AAA for OK as of 06/09/2014) but without federal excise tax (18.4 cents) is $3.255.
- Oklahoma City CNG gasoline gallon equivalent price is $1.69
- The difference between two fuel types is $1.565
- $5,974 divided by $1.564 = 3,820 gallons. The 3,820 is the amount of fuel that needs to be burned for the investment to break even
- F-150 3.7L mixed fuel economy is 19 miles per gallon (MPG)
- Fuel efficiency of 19 miles/gallon multiplied by 3,820 gallons equals 72,574 miles (if vehicle driven 12,000 miles per year, ROI is 6 years)
How to fuel a CNG vehicle?
- See a video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4QQRUW_1Jg.
- See Fleet Management process: DCAM-PROCESS-FM-F002, CNG Vehicle Self-Service Fueling.
Will I pay state fuel tax at the pump for alternative fuels?
Beginning January 1, 2012, the Oklahoma motor fuel tax imposed on compressed natural gas (CNG) will no longer be levied through the annual Alternative Fuel (Special Fuel) Flat Fee in Lieu of Tax provision of Title 68 O.S. Section 723. The motor fuel tax will be imposed as a direct tax paid by the retail or ultimate consumer per gasoline gallons equivalent (gge) CNG purchased and included in the price paid at the pump. The rate of motor fuel taxation imposed on CNG shall be five cents ($0.05) per gge until expiration of the credit authorized pursuant to the provision of paragraph 1 of subsection A of Title 68 O.S. Section 2357.22 (One-Time Credit Against Income Tax for Investments in Qualified Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Property. Upon expiration of the aforementioned credit, the motor fuel tax imposed on compressed natural gas shall be equal to the tax rate imposed on diesel fuel using gasoline gallons equivalents (currently thirteen cents, $0.13, per gallon). (Ref. Title 68 O.S. Section 500.4)
Where do I find a list of certified conversion kits?
- at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/fuels/altfuels/altfuels.htm#4
Who can work on the fuel portion of an alt fuel vehicle?
- In the State of Oklahoma only a certified technician.
How many technicians by type are there in Oklahoma as of 10/22/2013?
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What is the emission reduction achieved by those vehicles annually?
- Depending on the vehicle, the emission reduction can be as high as 90%.
What is Fleet doing to support the alt fuels initiative in the legislature?
- We are working with the Office of Governor, OK Secretary of Energy and OK House and Senate on all alt fuels initiatives.
- Additionally, we are stakeholders in the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments’ (ACOG) Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition and the Indian Nations Council of Governments’ (INCOG) Tulsa Area Clean Cities Coalition, both sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce State Energy Office.
6. FLEET MANAGEMENT CALCULATOR (TRIP OPTIMIZER)
The following frequently asked questions are intended to be used as guidelines for complying with HB1035.
Who is subject to this legislation?
- State agencies, boards, commissions, and other entities within the executive department of state government are required to comply with HB1035. Non appropriated state agencies do NOT have to comply with HB 1035 (Title 74, § 85.45l) with regard to employees who use personal vehicles as part of their regular duties and who are reimbursed for travel expenses by the agency.
What does a non appropriated agency mean?
- A non appropriated agency is an agency that does not receive ANY of its funds directly from the Legislature.
When am I required to utilize the Fleet Management Calculator?
- Every time the daily trip exceeds 100 miles per day and the employee is not driving a state-owned or state-leased dedicated vehicle.
- Those individuals who use a personal vehicle on a regular basis as an integral and regular part of their employment, are required to use the Fleet Management Calculator, if their trip exceeds 100 miles per day. Examples are as follows:
A. Auditors who work out of their homes and travel, performing audits, and utilizing their personal vehicles as a part of their job function;
B. Health inspectors or other compliance-oriented state employees regularly utilizing their personal vehicles as part of their employment; and
C. DHS Case Workers regularly utilizing personal vehicles as part of their employment.
Are there instances where the Fleet Management Calculator may not be required?
- Agency is not organized within the executive department of state government.
- Travel is less than one hundred (100) miles per day.
- A non-appropriated state agency that employs persons who use personal vehicles as part of their regular duties.
- Personal physical condition that requires a person to operate vehicles equipped to accommodate his/her specific needs, and such an appropriate vehicle through Fleet Management or Rental Car is not available (must be documented on the Travel Claim form)
Is an employee who may be required to make periodic or unscheduled trips from one location to another, such as from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, required to use the Fleet Management Calculator?
- Yes. Even if it is considered infrequent travel, the employee is to use the Fleet Management Calculator because the distance from Oklahoma City to Tulsa is 105 miles.
How to navigate through the Fleet Management Calculator?
How do I determine the distance?
- Utilize the following links:
If I am not sure whether I am exempt from this legislation, whom do I ask?
- Ultimate responsibility for compliance with this law lies with appointing authorities. Your agency head, legal counsel, travel coordinator or budget officer will provide this answer.
When the Fleet Management Calculator indicates a state vehicle is the most cost effective method to travel, but I prefer to use my personal vehicle, what will I be reimbursed?
- The maximum reimbursement rate is limited to the rate determined to be the most efficient (lowest cost) by the Fleet Management Calculator.
What if the reimbursement rate does not cover my vehicle actual maintenance cost?
- Request your agency director to consider Fleet Management Daily Rental Program or use of SW771, rental contract.
How do I provide OSF with documentation or prove that I used the Fleet Management Calculator to calculate the amounts submitted on my travel claim?
- OSF requires that you check the appropriate box on the Travel Voucher form (OMES Form 19), print the results from the Fleet Management Calculator and attach it to the completed Travel Voucher form.
Why the vendor rate is different than listed on SW771?
- Rates include fuel cost based on daily AAA price, distance of travel stated and vehicles class average fuel economy.
7. FLEET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Fleet Management is offering advanced fleet management software and associated equipment to other state agencies interested in upgrading or updating their current fleet operations management systems. The program’s expansion is expected to create efficiencies in work order management, centralized maintenance and parts operations, and more coherent and cost-effective vehicle replacement policies by state agencies.
What efficiencies have been created in:
-Work Order Management - Work Orders are simplified as vehicle information is retrieved from an existing database which contains owning agency, pertinent vehicle data, and history of last services performed. Future work is managed using Forecaster to determine when scheduled services are due and also to flag units with deferred non-critical repairs or services when a new Work Order is opened.
-Centralized Maintenance - All maintenance records related to a unit are accessible through M5 Fleet Focus. Repeat Work can be easily identified. Forecasted PM services can be performed with minimal downtime.
-Parts Operations - Parts are issued directly to Work Orders and inventory is automatically updated providing an accurate count of parts on hand. Minimum and maximum levels allow inventory to be maintained at efficient levels so that “extra” on hand needs are limited, but sufficient on hand needs are met. (Just-in-time ordering process)
-Vehicle Replacement - The system provides a tool allowing user defined parameters to determine the optimal replacement schedule for units. Parameters can include age, maintenance expenses and current odometer readings.
How will the stated efficiencies save money for the state?
- This system provides a data driven management tool to ensure the state maintains a viable fleet with minimum downtime or breakdowns due to missed preventive maintenance. Efficient inventory management reduces the number of parts on hand. In addition, vehicles can be replaced in a manner that provides maximum benefit to the state fleet efficiency.