Division Vehicles

Important Note:

All individuals who wish to use a biology vehicle must apply for Divisional Vehicle Use Authorization and have a valid California Driver's License.

The Division of Biological Sciences supports the use of three different types of vehicles to meet your Divisional business related needs:


Located at the loading dock on the east side of Bonner Hall. The keys are located in room 2150 in key kiosk.

Pick-up Truck

Stationed in parking lot (south of the Muir Biology by the Natatorium). The keys are located in room 1125 M2B mail room in the key kiosk.

¾ ton Flatbed Truck

Located in the Bonner Hall parking lot. This vehicle is only available with a driver at a use rate of our current recharge rate. Call (858) 401-3788 for more information.

Policy & Use Requirements

These vehicles serve the needs of many researchers and other employees and so each use is limited to a sign-out period of two hours, and are available on a first come, first serve basis. For no reason or purpose are these vehicles to be used for ANYTHING other than official divisional business in accordance with divisional and university policies.

Vehicle Use and Safety

Although the Division maintains these vehicles and pays for the fuel, for obvious safety reason it is the driver’s responsibility to keep the vehicle fueled and check the oil, tire pressure and running lights before at each use. Please report ANY abnormalities to Trevor Thiessen at (858) 24 5-5068. The user is responsible for ensuring the vehicle is returned with a fuel level no less than 1/4 tank. See the Vehicle Fueling Instructions for more information.

Vehicle Tracking and Reporting

Each Biology vehicle is equipped with a GPS device and user travel data (including route and speed) will be logged and the data reviewed.

As a courtesy to others, the user will legibly complete the paper log sheet inside the vehicle key kiosk. While key check out is electronically logged, the paper log sheet allows other users to determine when the vehicle will be available for use.

The user is required to report any damage to the vehicle or traffic incident (including the receipt of any traffic or parking citation) to Dwayne Fernandez immediately at (858) 401-3788 and email bioshophelp@ucsd.edu

Eligibility for Vehicle Use

  • Paid  Employees – Academic, Staff and  Student
  • MS / PhD Students, with or without paid employment, but who have paid fees for the quarter in question (or for summer, having paid fees the previous spring quarter)
  • Valid California Driver's License


Failure to comply with Divisional guidelines regarding Biology vehicle use will result in immediate and permanent suspension of privileges.

Do you need a car to run a personal errand? While the Divisional vehicles are not authorized for this type of use, you might consider the Zipcar at UCSD.

Divisional Vehicle Use FAQs