IMPORTANT: Make sure each driver your rental van has completed a 15-passenger van safety training course prior to your trip.
If you need to rent a vehicle for a group of seven or more people, you have two choices: You can rent multiple cars or one passenger van with room for 12 or 15 people.
These vehicles can pose a safety risk to inexperienced van drivers and other road users. We recommend van drivers
- insist that all occupants wear seat belts at all times;
- that drivers of 15-passenger vans are trained and experienced;
- tires are checked at least once a week, using the manufacturer’s recommended pressure levels;
- and nothing is placed on the roof of the vehicle.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has highlighted the safety issues inherent in 15-passenger vans, the United States is far more lenient in allowing drivers to operate passenger vans.
PLEASE NOTE: In Canada, vehicles seating more than 12 passengers are considered commercial vehicles. That means you would need a commercial driver’s license to cross the U.S. / Canada border in a rented van.