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Utility Usage Guide

Utility Usage Guide

If you drive a golf cart or other utility vehicle, please refer to these instructions and guidelines.

PURPOSE: To provide guidelines for t safe operation of utility vehicles at the University of Dayton.  The objective is to prevent any injuries to the public or members of the University community and to prevent property damage.

SCOPEOperation of all utility vehicles operated on University of Dayton property.

RESPONSABILITYIt is the responsibility of the individual departments to ensure that all drivers of their utility vehicles receive training to ensure that the following safety guidelines are practiced. UD's Department of Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management (EHS/RM) will act as an advisory and support organization.

OPERATOR REQUIREMENTSAll operators of utility vehicles are required to have a valid driver's license and must be certified/insured to drive for University of Dayton business through the Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management's Driver's training Course. Operators will receive specific hands-on training from their department regarding the vehicle use.  In the event of an accident involving a utility vehicle, standard reporting procedures including obtaining a report from Public Safety and promptly notifying a supervisor and EHS/RM.


Emergency brake, Horn/audible warning devise, Ignition shut-off/security systems, Slow moving vehicle safety triangle on rear of vehicle, Warning lights on front and rear of vehicle OR top mounted strobe light, First Aid Kit, Ties, braces or adequate compartments to properly stow equipment, Lights (head, tail, brake) for all department name to be identified clearly on vehicle in three inch minimum letters, Department name to be identified clearly on vehicle in three inch minimum letters, Mirrors (if cargo or other equipment blocks rear vision.), Backing alarm, Portable fire extinguisher.


1. Utility vehicles shall observe all vehicular traffic laws (e.g. stopping at stops signs, yielding to pedestrians, etc.)

2. Vehicles shall not be operated in a manner that may endanger passengers, other members of the campus community or property (e.g. no driving on landscaping, bumping into  bollards, etc.)

3. The number of passengers and load capacity shall not exceed the manufacturer's rated limit.

4. Utility vehicles are restricted to streets, sidewalks, and paths on the University campus, please do not drive on the grass.  Designated primary routes are to be used whenever.  utility vehicles are not to be operated on City-owned streets.

5. Vehicles can only be parked on hard covered surfaces and must not block any entrances to buildings, stairways, ramps, or thoroughfares.

6. Operators must reduce speed to match other users on all streets, sidewalks, and paths. In crowed pedestrian areas, operators must either park or proceed at a slow pace.

7. Operators must not engage in any cell phone use while operating the utility vehicle nor shall the driver use any electronic device that requires the use of head phones.  The driver must remain alert to their surroundings at all times.  All items brought into the cart, including personal items, boxes, tools, etc. must be stowed in a manner where the items will not shift while stopping or turning corners.

VEHICLE FUELING AND STORAGEAll operators must receive department specific fueling instructions when applicable and all vehicles must be charged and stored in approved sites.  Each of these sites will take into account machine specific hazards (flammability of fuel, off-gassing from battery charging, etc.)


Audit, Risk & Compliance

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1642