The Risk Management Fund’s coverage includes liability arising out of the use of state-owned, state-rented or state-leased vehicles, but only to the extent that the use is within the scope of the employee’s employment. Private use of any of these vehicles is not covered by the Risk Management Fund and will be the employee’s personal responsibility.
State Fleet Vehicles: As of July 1, 1997, vehicles titled to the ND Department of Transportation will be covered by the Risk Management Fund, pursuant to the provisions of the Tort Claims Act. State Fleet Services has issued a policy manual, as well as other resources, on the use of state fleet vehicles.
Rental Vehicles: Liability and comprehensive and collision coverage for vehicles rented short-term when traveling on official state business.
- OMB Fiscal and Administrative Policy 518 provides that agencies must use state contracts that include liability coverage and damage waiver as part of the base rental rate. See State Cooperative Contract for Rental Vehicles (2 pages).
- Risk Management guidelines are that agencies purchase the additional damage waiver and liability coverage when renting a vehicle. For more information, see Vehicle Coverage FAQs.
Courtesy/Leased Vehicles: Liability and comprehensive and collision coverage for courtesy/leased vehicles when traveling on official state business.
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Distracted Driving Awareness
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving, including any use of a cell phone, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading (including maps), using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio or audio equipment, and car dashboards/infotainment systems.
Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today. Distracted drivers are not just a threat to themselves; they are a danger to everyone else on the road. The national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness, and education.
If your agency has implemented their own distracted driving policy, it must include the current requirements that were put in place by NDDOT State Fleet's Distracted Driving Policy, which prohibits the use of handheld and hands-free devices while driving on state business. Also, the policy must require more than what is already prohibited by last in NDCC 39-08-23. If your policy meets all of the requirements, then your agency is eligible for a discount on your Risk Management Fund Contributions.
Free distracted driving resources are available from the government and national safety organizations: