The purpose of the position is to transport patients, beneficiaries, VA employees, specimens, prescriptions, medication, and prosthetic request. The motor vehicle operator (MVO) drives on the highway and freeways to various VA clinics in a five-county area. The MVO is also required to provide patient assistance and perform preventive maintenance checks and services.
The work includes the operation of gasoline, diesel, or electronic powered wheeled vehicles to haul cargo and fuel, transport passengers, or to tow or recover equipment. The vehicles are driven in restricted traffic environments on Government installations, over public roads and highways, or under cross-country conditions in support of the Engineering Department/Transportation Section
MVO reports in the Transportation Section, Engineering Department. The primary function of the MVO is to operate the Center’s wheelchair bus transporting wheelchair patients and their escorts. Driving responsibilities include the operation of other buses with seating capacity ranging from 15 to 44 passengers.
The MVO serves as the primary alternate to other bus operations, including Station and various Out Patient Clinics bus operations.
The driver’s duties include driving a large 12 passenger van or 26,000-pound bus with a wheelchair lift to transport patients, beneficiaries, VA employees, specimens, prescriptions, and medication, prosthetic requests and U.S. Mail. Clean and soiled laundry, and medical supplies and equipment, x-rays, and other items as required. The motor vehicle operator drives on the highway and freeways to various VA clinics in a five-county area. The motor vehicle operator is also required to provide patient assistance and perform preventive maintenance checks and services.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Skill and Knowledge
The incumbent must be able to operate gasoline or diesel-powered buses, regardless of gross vehicle weight, on VA property and in heavy traffic on public streets and freeways. The MVO must be proficient in the operation of hand/foot controls for starting, steering and turning, braking and stopping, backing, turnaround and parking various types and classes of all passenger busses utilized by the Center and other vehicles which typically have an approximately gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 up to 32,000 pounds.
The incumbent shall be proficient in the operation of specialized lifts, to safely load and off-load wheelchair patients to/from bus, and employ the proper use of tie down and other restraint equipment to secure wheelchairs and patients to ensure their safety during travel.
The MVO must be able to read and analyze data on special gauges to ensure proper engine operation, gear selection and air pressure requirements for air-brake system.
The MVO must possess the knowledge and ability to perform routine vehicle preventive maintenance checks and services of all services of all vehicles and special purchase wheelchair lift and tie-down equipment, he/she is qualified and authorized to operate. Preventive checks and service include, but is not limited to the following: monitoring and replenishing fluid levels, replacing interior and tail and clearance lights, checking tire pressure and hose connections, and washing vehicles; inspecting hydraulic cylinders of the wheelchair lift, safety inspection of all restraint/tie-down equipment and accessories.
Work assignments are verbally issued to the MVO by MVO Dispatchers, via radio communication, telephone and/or personal contact. The nature of operation is such that the MVO accomplishes work assignments with considerable independence. The incumbent is required to analyze the work on hand to determine priorities and initiate the actions necessary to accomplish assignments in the most efficient and economical manner, and to minimize patient (wheelchair) discomfort as much as possible. The MVO must be computer literate and is required to maintain computer access to his/ her email and training systems for the duration of employment. A significant amount of information and instructions for all personnel are passed through the network systems, so your access is vital.
The MVO must possess and maintain a minimum of a valid Commercial Class B Driver’s License with passenger endorsement and air brakes, issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, State of California. The MVO must also possess and maintain a valid medical certificate signed by a medical doctor which is a requirement to qualify for any class of commercial driver’s license.
The MVO is responsible to Transportation Section Program Manager. The MVO shall complete assignments within established time frames. In the event the work or service cannot be accomplished within the specified time; the MVO must notify the Dispatcher immediately.
The MVO is responsible for the proper and safe operating conditions of the wheelchair bus and special purpose wheelchair lift equipment, and shall comply with VA Policies and Procedures, Rules and Regulations set forth by the DMV, State of California, concerning the operation of buses on public streets and highways.
The MVO must notify his/her supervisor, within 12 hours from the time of receipt, of any violation or citation, including suspended, or revoked license, received from Federal, State or City Traffic law enforcement agency.
The MVO must be in good physical condition when performing driving and related services, particularly when driving for extended periods of time and distances. The incumbent must be vigilant and alert to cope with adverse traffic and weather conditions.
More than moderate physical effort is required in the frequent handling and loading of wheelchair patients. The MVO shall wear appropriate safety apparel, utilize proper loading equipment, and employ recommended lifting techniques to prevent personal injury and/or damage to property.
The MVO is exposed to extended periods of bending, stooping, pushing and pulling, carrying, and walking during various phases of wheelchair patient transport.
MVO must be able to lift, push and pull 50 pounds and can operate, turn and back motor vehicles while carrying heavy loads. Incumbent must be able to drive in all types of traffic, road and weather conditions.