This Vanpool Participant Agreement (“Agreement”) sets forth the rights and responsibilities of participants in the Vanpool Program as established by the Spokane Transit Authority, hereinafter referred to as “Agency”. Each Vanpool group must have one Primary Driver, at least one Backup Driver, and a Bookkeeper. The same person may fulfill more than one role (e.g., a Driver or Rider may also be a Bookkeeper). Each Vanpool group must have a minimum of five (5) persons to start and maintain a Vanpool group. All Vanpool group participants (Drivers, Bookkeepers, and Riders) agree during the term of this Agreement to: Be considered as volunteers under the law and shall not hold themselves out to be employees or agents of the Spokane Transit Authority. Allow only Agency-approved drivers to operate the Vanpool "Vehicle”. Make full payments each month, in advance (pay before January 1 to ride in January), understanding that fares are not refunded for any reason. Failure to pay the correct fare in advance may result in immediate denial of ridership privileges. Note: Counter checks or cash cannot be accepted by Agency. Wear seatbelts. It's the law. Failure to wear seatbelts may result in termination of riding privileges. Be prompt so that others are not inconvenienced. Pick up is limited to the agreed times and locations. The Vanpool group will establish a maximum waiting period before departing from each stop. Not smoke, vape or use e-cigarettes in the Vehicle or within twenty-five (25) feet of the Vehicle. Not use, possess or transport any alcoholic beverage, narcotic drug, chemical or other substance in violation of the law. Behave in a manner which promotes positive interaction with other Vanpool participants. Abide by the Agency’s decisions in any disputes arising out of the Vanpool Manual and/or the STA Rules of Conduct located at https://www.spokanetransit.com/about-sta/rules-of-conduct. All participants are to maintain a level of personal hygiene that is not offensive to other participants. Violation of this requirement may result in termination of a participant from the Vanpool program. Notify the Driver(s) in advance of all anticipated non-use of the Vehicle. No monthly fare deduction is permitted for non-use except as provided below. Provide the Bookkeeper with at least ten (10) calendar days written notice prior to the beginning of the next month of planned termination. No monthly fare adjustment is permitted without such notice. Notify the Agency immediately if a Driver is operating the Vanpool vehicle in a manner which concerns you. Assist in maintaining the Vanpool ridership at its maximum level, as determined by the Agency. New riders cannot be denied joining a Vanpool if these maximums have not been met. Keep the Vehicle clean. Be responsible for the cleanliness of the interior and exterior of the Vehicle. Be responsible and liable for damage you cause to the Vehicle or equipment (e.g., fire extinguisher, keys, reflector kit, spare tire, etc.). The Vanpool group will be required to reimburse the Agency for loss of, or damage to, the Vehicle and/or equipment caused by negligent or intentional conduct of a participant. Participants shall prohibit use of their Vanpool Smart Card bus pass by anyone other than the participant; report a stolen or lost pass promptly to the Agency; and relinquish their Vanpool Smart card bus pass upon their withdrawal from the Vanpool Program.