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Job Specification 02516

MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR, ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED PERSONS
   
   DEFINITION:

   Under direction, drives, cleans, services, and makes minor
   repairs to motor vehicles used in transporting elderly, handicapped,
   and mentally challenged passengers on assigned established routes
   and/or directly from their homes to desired destinations and back;
   does related work as required.

   NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title 
   are for illustrative purposes only.  A particular position using this title
   may not perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely, 
   all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

   EXAMPLES OF WORK:

   Assists senior citizens and the handicapped into and out of
   vehicles and escorts persons to and from their homes, doctors
   offices, markets, and other places.

   Operates a hydraulic lift mechanism to assist passengers
   confined to wheelchairs, on and off vehicle, and assists them into
   and out of seats.

   Assists passengers boarding or dismounting vehicle by lifting
   heavy and cumbersome packages or, if needed, from the store 
   and into person's home.

   Drives a bus on established route and/or operates van to
   transport the elderly, handicapped, and mentally challenged to 
   and from their homes to hospitals, doctors' offices, markets, etc.
   on a demand response basis.
   
   May maintain general card file on regular passengers which
   lists nature of their illness, name, address, and telephone number 
   of their doctor, and possible emergency treatment to be administered
   should passenger have epileptic seizure and/or heart attack.

   May render required emergency medical treatment.

   Checks vehicle for operating safety.

   Inspects vehicle at start and end of each trip for cleanliness
   and general condition.

   Checks, cleans, and performs minor servicing of vehicles.

   Maintains records of all trips.

   Prepares simple reports.

   Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
   manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
   office, or related units.

   REQUIREMENTS:

   LICENSE:

   Appointee must possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey.

   Appointees may also be required to possess a valid Commercial
   Driver's License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class 
   and type of vehicle being operated.

   NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess 
   the required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and 
   type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.

  KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

   Knowledge of safety precautions in dealing with the
   elderly and physically and mentally challenged persons.

   Knowledge of the care, maintenance, minor servicing, and
   competent, safe, and efficient operation of motor vehicles.

   Knowledge of appropriate procedures to be used in dealing
   with the elderly and physically handicapped and mentally 
   challenged persons.

   Ability to learn the geography of the jurisdiction.

   Ability to understand the needs and special problems of the
   elderly and physically and mentally challenged and to deal 
   with same in a compassionate, sympathetic, and calm manner.

   Ability to drive vehicles in a skilled and safe manner.

   Ability to check, clean, service, and make minor and emergency
   repairs to vehicles operated and to keep needed records.

   Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
   recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or 
   related units.

   Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English 
   sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American Sign 
   Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms 
   of  communication.

   Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
   as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
   reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
   made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, 
   such persons may not be eligible.

   CODES: LG-02516     CAH     10/30/09

   This job specification is for local government use only.