Bard Drivers

ADVISORY – Transporting students in personal vehicles- 4.21.17

ONLY registered Bard drivers may drive Bard vehicles for academic, club, or athletic trips.


All drivers are required, by law, to know, understand, and abide by the laws and rules of the jurisdiction they are in, regardless of point of origin or issuing agency of their license.

Driving Bard vehicles is a privilege. The “Rules of the Road” are designed to outline your responsibilities and duties as a Bard Driver. While this document is not comprehensive of all duties and obligations of the Bard Driver, you are required to comply with all terms of this agreement, whether explicit or implicit. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this document shall be considered grounds for immediate revocation of Bard College driving privileges.

All terms of this agreement are subject to change without notice. Changes will be applied to all Bard Drivers, and do not exempt any driver from compliance with this agreement or regulations governing Bard Drivers.

Bard College reserves the right to deny, suspend, or revoke driving privileges at any time and for any reason.

Bard Transportation resources will be made available for Bard faculty, staff, students on Bard sanctioned business and services only. Bard College transportation reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any legally allowable reason.

How to become a Bard driver.

You will need to provide us with a few documents and complete some required steps to become a Bard Driver.*

Required Documentation

1)  Current Drivers License -You must have a current NY Class D (or equivalent) driver’s license for at least 1 year in order to apply to become a Bard Driver.

2)  Copy of a NYS 6 Hour Defensive Driving/Point Reduction Course Completion Certificate -You must have passed a New York State approved 6-hour defensive driving/point reduction class and be in possession of the hard copy certificate from the course. This can be completed by taking a Bard sponsored class on campus, a New York State sponsored class off campus, or online by visiting I Drive SafelyNew York Safety CouncilImprov Traffic School, or New York Safety Program.

3)  Read and agree to our “Rules of the Road” document -The “Rules of the Road” document familiarizes you with Bard College specific rules of conduct.Our “Rules of the Road” will be updated periodically.  As a Bard Driver, you will automatically be bound by the terms of the most current document.

4)  Print, complete, and sign the “Authorization for Consumer Report” form  -This is a form that states that you have read, understood, and agree to the required documents, and that you have passed an approved driving course for insurance purposes. Click to download the Authorization for Consumer Report.
Driving Assessment
5)  Complete a Bard Transportation Driving Assessment -After you’ve provided us with the documents listed above, you will need to schedule and complete a 1-1/2 to 2 hour Driving Assessment with one of our Transportation Services staff.  Assessments will be administered during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, and are by appointment only.  Please email for scheduling.

*All documents, certifications, and evaluations are required by law and/or Bard College’s insurance companies to drive any Bard College vehicle (including, but not limited to, golf carts, ATVs, passenger cars, passenger vans, leased vehicles, trucks, and heavy equipment).  Each Driver is responsible for keeping their license, certification, and required documentation current and up to date with Bard Transportation Services.  Failure to do so will result in automatic suspension of driving privileges.

Allow at least one week to process your application for insurance purposes. You will not be eligible to drive a Bard vehicle for up to one week after the above steps are completed and all materials are submitted to the Bard Transportation Services.


Inclement Weather:  In the event of inclement weather (ice and snow), updates will be posted to our home page, and to, the Campus Emergency Notification System.

Contact Security at 845-758-7460 or the Transportation Office at 845-758-7625.