Risk Management and Insurance: Vehicle Risks

Camp vehicle risks are among the scariest for camp owners, directors/risk managers, and insurance company underwriters because the risks to which camp vehicles are exposed are not entirely within your control. In addition, each camp is different. Some have a minimal transportation risk but others, especially day camps and resident camps with trip programs, have significant transportation risk.

New Law Exempts Camps From Certain Commercial Transportation Regulations

The American Camp Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that today,  December 18, 2015, President Barak Obama signed the Omnibus federal spending bill — HR 2029 containing a change in law pertaining to interstate transportation.  The change specifically exempts camps from certain commercial regulations when operating 9-15 passenger vans:

United States Code

Title 49 – Transportation

Transportation

Developing procedures for maintaining vehicles, selecting drivers, handling emergencies and controlling on-site traffic as well as liability issues related to transportation.

Transportation Standards Resources

The camp’s transportation practices promote safety, minimize risk, and help administrators consider the critical aspects of traffic control, vehicular safety, driver qualifications and training, and camper education concerning vehicle safety.

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