DAR File No. 40042
This rule was published in the January 15, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 2) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Administrative Services, Finance
Reimbursement for Transportation
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 40042
Filed: 12/31/2015 08:55:57 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The change is because the IRS announced a rate decrease in the rate for private vehicle use from 56 cents per mile to 54 cents per mile. The Division has determined that the reimbursement rate for private vehicles should decrease to 54 cents per mile to avoid exceeding federal mileage reimbursement rates.
Summary of the rule or change:
The rule decreases the reimbursement rate for mileage on private vehicles. (DAR NOTE: A corresponding 120-day (emergency) rule that is effective as of 01/01/2016 is under DAR No. 40046 in this issue, January 15, 2016, of the Bulletin.)
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 63A-3-107
- Section 63A-3-106
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There will potentially be a decrease in cost to the state as mileage reimbursements are decreasing. However, the agency cannot determine exactly what the decrease will be because it is impossible to anticipate how much travel state employees will do.
There will not be costs to local governments because the rule only governs reimbursements by the state to individuals traveling on state business.
Because this change deals only with reimbursement rates for mileage for state employees, small businesses are not affected.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
Individuals eligible for reimbursement will see a decrease in their mileage reimbursement amounts for travel in private vehicles.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Because the amendment only changes mileage reimbursement rates and does not require any new action on the part of persons applying for reimbursements, there are not compliance costs.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
I have reviewed these changes with the Division of Finance Director and believe these changes are warranted. Individuals may see a slight decrease in reimbursement amounts; however, the Division cannot determine exactly what the decrease will be as that depends on the amount of travel by individuals eligible for mileage reimbursement. This rule change will have no impact on business.
Kimberly K. Hood, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Administrative Services
Room 2110 STATE OFFICE BLDG
450 N STATE ST
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Richard Beckstead at the above address, by phone at 801-538-3100, by FAX at 801-538-3562, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
John Reidhead, Director
R25. Administrative Services, Finance.
R25-7. Travel-Related Reimbursements for State Employees.
R25-7-10. Reimbursement for Transportation.
State employees who travel on state business may be eligible for a transportation reimbursement.
(1) Air transportation is limited to Air Coach or Excursion class. Priority seating charges will not be reimbursed unless preapproved by the department director or designee.
(a) All reservations (in-state and out-of-state) should be made through the State Travel Office for the least expensive air fare available at the time reservations are made.
(b) Only one change fee per trip will be reimbursed.
(c) The explanation for the change and any other exception to this rule must be given and approved by the Department Director or designee.
(d) In order to preserve insurance coverage and because of federal security regulations, travelers must fly on tickets in their names only.
(2) Travelers may be reimbursed for mileage to and from the airport and long-term parking or away-from-the-airport parking.
(a) The maximum reimbursement for parking, whether travelers park at the airport or away from the airport, is the economy lot parking rate at the airport they are flying out of.
(b) The parking receipt must be included with the Travel Reimbursement Request, form FI 51A or FI 51B for amounts of $20 or more.
(c) Travelers may be reimbursed for mileage to and from the airport to allow someone to drop them off and to pick them up.
(3) Travelers may use private vehicles with approval from the Department Director or designee.
(a) Only one person in a vehicle may receive the reimbursement, regardless of the number of people in the vehicle.
(b) Reimbursement for a private vehicle
will be at the rate of 38 cents per mile or [
56] cents per mile if a state vehicle is not available to the
(i) To determine which rate to use, the
traveler must first determine if their department has an agency
vehicle (long-term leased vehicle from Fleet Operations) that meets
their needs and is reasonably available for the trip (does not
apply to special purpose vehicles). If reasonably available, the
employee should use an agency vehicle. If an agency vehicle that
meets their needs is not reasonably available, the agency may
approve the traveler to use either a daily pool fleet vehicle or a
private vehicle. If a daily pool fleet vehicle is not reasonably
available, the traveler may be reimbursed at [
56] cents per mile.
(ii) If a trip is estimated to average 100 miles or more per day, the agency should approve the traveler to rent a daily pool fleet vehicle if one is reasonably available. Doing so will cost less than if the traveler takes a private vehicle. If the agency approves the traveler to take a private vehicle, the employee will be reimbursed at the lower rate of 38 cents per mile.
(c) Agencies may establish a reimbursement rate that is more restrictive than the rate established in this Section.
(d) Exceptions must be approved in writing by the Director of Finance.
(e) Mileage will be computed using Mapquest or other generally accepted map/route planning website, or from the latest official state road map and will be limited to the most economical, usually traveled routes.
(f) If the traveler uses a private vehicle on official state business and is reimbursed for mileage, parking charges may be reimbursed as an incidental expense.
(g) An approved Private Vehicle Usage Report, form FI 40, should be included with the department's payroll documentation reporting miles driven on state business during the payroll period.
(h) Departments may allow mileage reimbursement on an approved Travel Reimbursement Request, form FI 51A or FI 51B, if other costs associated with the trip are to be reimbursed at the same time.
(4) A traveler may choose to drive instead of flying if preapproved by the Department Director or designee.
(a) If the traveler drives a state-owned vehicle, the traveler may be reimbursed for meals and lodging for a reasonable amount of travel time; however, the total cost of the trip must not exceed the equivalent cost of the airline trip. The traveler may also be reimbursed for incidental expenses such as toll fees and parking fees.
(b) If the traveler drives a privately-owned vehicle, reimbursement will be at the rate of 38 cents per mile or the airplane fare, whichever is less, unless otherwise approved by the Department Director or designee.
(i) The lowest fare available within 30 days prior to the departure date will be used when calculating the cost of travel for comparison to private vehicle cost.
(ii) An itinerary printout which is available through the State Travel Office is required when the traveler is taking a private vehicle.
(iii) The traveler may be reimbursed for meals and lodging for a reasonable amount of travel time; however, the total cost of the trip must not exceed the equivalent cost of an airline trip.
(iv) If the traveler uses a private vehicle on official state business and is reimbursed for mileage, parking charges may be reimbursed as an incidental expense.
(c) When submitting the reimbursement form, attach a schedule comparing the cost of driving with the cost of flying. The schedule should show that the total cost of the trip driving was less than or equal to the total cost of the trip flying.
(d) If the travel time taken for driving during the employee's normal work week is greater than that which would have occurred had the employee flown, the excess time used will be taken as annual leave and deducted on the Time and Attendance System.
(5) Use of rental vehicles must be approved in writing in advance by the Department Director or designee.
(a) An exception to advance approval of the use of rental vehicles shall be fully explained in writing with the request for reimbursement and approved by the Department Director or designee.
(b) Detailed explanation is required if a rental vehicle is requested for a traveler staying at a conference hotel.
(c) When making rental car arrangements through the State Travel Office, reserve the vehicle you need. Upgrades in size or model made when picking up the rental vehicle will not be reimbursed.
(i) State employees should rent vehicles to be used for state business in their own names, using the state contract so they will have full coverage under the state's liability insurance.
(ii) Rental vehicle reservations not made through the State Travel Office must be approved in advance by the Department Director or designee.
(iii) The traveler will be reimbursed the actual rate charged by the rental agency.
(iv) The traveler must have approval for a rental car in order to be reimbursed for rental car parking.
(6) Travel by private airplane must be approved in advance by the Department Director or designee.
(a) The pilot must certify to the Department Director or designee that the pilot is certified to fly the plane being used for state business.
(b) If the plane is owned by the pilot/employee, the pilot must certify the existence of at least $500,000 of liability insurance coverage.
(c) If the plane is a rental, the pilot must provide written certification from the rental agency that the insurance covers the traveler and the state as insured. The insurance must be adequate to cover any physical damage to the plane and at least $500,000 for liability coverage.
(d) Reimbursement will be made at [
56] cents per mile.
(e) Mileage calculation is based on air mileage and is limited to the most economical, usually-traveled route.
(7) Travel by private motorcycle must be approved prior to the trip by the Department Director or designee. Travel will be reimbursed at 20 cents per mile.
(8) A car allowance may be allowed in lieu of mileage reimbursement in certain cases. Prior written approval from the Department Director, the Executive Director of the Department of Administrative Services, and the Governor is required.
KEY: air travel, per diem allowances, state employees, transportation
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
June 22, 2015]
Notice of Continuation: April 15, 2013
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 63A-3-107; 63A-3-106
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