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Last Modified: 11/12/2017 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Guidance when odometer does not measure fractional mileage

Q: What guidance can you provide for ambulance companies that do not have the ability to measure fractional mileage because the odometer does not show tenths of a mile?
A: Ambulance suppliers may consider measuring mileage using a separate trip odometer; however, you will still be responsible for ensuring that trip mileage is measured and reported accurately, even if you fail to reset the trip odometer at the beginning of a trip. For example, if the driver fails to reset the trip odometer at the beginning of the trip, he or she would simply document the mileage at the end of the trip and subtract the mileage for the previous trip from the total, which would leave a remaining balance that should correspond to the distance of the current trip.
Tools used to measure distance traveled (such as GPS navigation equipment) are readily available to the average consumer at a low cost. As such, ambulance companies are responsible for ensuring that they have the necessary equipment to measure fractional mileage to the tenth of a mile and ensuring that onboard vehicle gauges measuring trip mileage are in working order.
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