Iowa Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Iowa Commuting: What you need to know

Although it is a mostly rural state, there are many opportunities for Iowa employees to share a ride to work.
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Rideshare vehicles. Iowa encourages carpools and vanpools by exempting vehicles used for these purposes from state requirements for “motor carriers,” including the requirement that drivers have a “certificate of public convenience” if specified criteria are met.
An exempt carpool vehicle must carry at least 2 passengers and must have a capacity of no more than 8 passengers. An exempt vanpool must carry at least 8 passengers and have a maximum capacity of 15 passengers. The transportation must be between the residence of the owner-operator or a rider (or some other designated location) and the owner-operator's or rider's place of employment. If a member of the pool drives the vehicle, any destination that is common to the group is considered acceptable (IA Code Sec. 325A.12).
State resources. The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Office of Public Transit and its Iowa Transportation Coordination Council have comprehensive information on public transportation and Rideshare opportunities available at http://www.iowadot.govor by calling 515-239-7870. For questions about commuting by rail, call 515-239-1140.
Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) Authority has information for employers commuting incentives available at http://www.ridedart.comor by calling 515-283-8100.
DART has a Rideshare program for matching workers with similar commutes and work schedules. Employees do not have to rideshare every day, and there is a guaranteed ride home program. There is no charge for the service. Drivers do not pay the monthly fees and have use of the van during nonworking hours. Go to

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