The change in mileage rates
brings UK's reimbursements in line with those paid by state government to persons with
7, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) The
reimbursement rate for University of Kentucky employees driving personal vehicles modified
to accommodate their disabilities has been increased by the Office of Fiscal Affairs.
change, proposed by the UK Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office and effective
immediately, increases the rate from the standard 30 cents per mile, which applies to all
employees, to 44 cents per mile. State employees with disabilities are reimbursed at a
rate of $0.4375 for the use of their personal vehicles.
had employees and even students with disabilities who were having to find other travel
arrangements to make needed trips, said Patty Bender, UKs affirmative
action/equal opportunity compliance officer. Most ended up having to use their
personal vehicles, which can cost more to drive and maintain than a regular vehicle.
employees are those who have a disability and drive a modified vehicle necessitated by the
disability. Those employees must request the new rate by writing a letter to the
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office. The letter must include the employees
name, title, business address and telephone number, a description of the modifications
made to the personal vehicle, the disability necessitating the modifications and a
statement from the employee that this is the only vehicle the employee is able to drive
for the purpose of completing university travel.
approval letter will be provided by the AA/EOP office to employees that must be copied and
attached to future reimbursement requests. The letter will state only that the employee is
approved for the new rate, and no confidential or medical information will be included.
All information submitted to the AA/EOP office in the application for the new rate will be
kept on file for use by that office only.
more information, contact the AA/EOP office at (859) 257-8927.