In the past few years, we have acquired several electric and gas driven “carts” (this term includes golf carts, utility carts, and Gator-type vehicles) for use around the campus. These carts have been instrumental in making many of our jobs easier and safer and have improved our ability to service the ever growing needs of the campus. However, because our “fleet” of carts is as big as it is, we must exercise improved operating procedures to protect pedestrians, drivers & passengers, buildings & grounds, and the carts themselves. We must maintain the carts in peak condition to ensure their safe operation. Utilizing these carts on campus provides a more energy efficient means to meet our transportation needs. They demonstrate our desire to be good stewards of our resources and the environment by reducing combustion engine emissions and increasing the use of “green” technologies.
All PLNU carts must be operated according to the manufacturer’s design and intended purpose. Operators must also be trained in their safe operation. Users of these vehicles must understand that they are using the vehicles under university permission to conduct university business. When using these vehicles, care must be taken to protect the equipment and surrounding facilities and grounds from damage caused by misuse. Permission to operate these carts is given through university representatives and may be immediately revoked if abuse is observed or evidenced in the operation or condition of the assigned vehicle.
Using departments are responsible for ensuring that their assigned carts are in good and safe operating condition. All vehicles will receive a maintenance and safety inspection bi-annually, scheduled through the PLNU Transportation Department. Using departments should immediately report to the PLNU Transportation Department all maintenance and repair issues related to the cart, and must also report any damage the cart has caused to campus facilities and grounds. Charges for any required repairs will be charged to the using department.
All operators of PLNU carts and the departments that utilize them are expected to adhere to the following operating guidelines:
1. Above all, drivers are expected to be courteous and safe towards others when driving and to comply with all campus traffic regulations (including stopping at all stop signs and slowing at speed bumps).
2. Only trained and authorized personnel may use PLNU carts.
3. No one may use a cart without the permission of its assigned user, and under no circumstances are carts to be used for anything other than official PLNU business.
4. Carts are to travel on established campus roads whenever possible.
5. Golf and utility carts may travel on lawns only if the specific job warrants it and if the cart is outfitted with tires that will not damage the turf.
6. Carts may not travel on the campus mall unless specific work warrants it.
7. Carts may not travel on sidewalks unless accessing a remote area or there is no other access.
8. Passengers must be seated when the carts are in motion.
9. All loads shall be tied down when hauling.
10. Carts are to be returned to their home base at the end of the day or shift.
11. Electrical carts should be plugged in at the end of the shift.
12. Brakes must be set when carts are parked.
13. Speeding or reckless driving while operating these vehicles is forbidden.
14. Using departments are not authorized to modify the carts in any way.
Supervisors are to ensure that the above operating guidelines are discussed with every employee who will be driving a cart, prior to giving the employee the keys to the cart for the first time.
If the above guidelines are followed, the service life of the carts will be extended and they will meet your needs for a longer period of time. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in premature wear and reduced serviceability. Operating these vehicles unsafely could result in injury to operating personnel or pedestrians or damage to buildings and grounds.
Keeping these carts in good condition will help meet the growing demands that we have to convey people, materials and tools to job sites in a safe efficient, and “green” manner.