Utility Vehicle Usage Guide

To provide guidelines for the 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.

If you operate or drive a golf cart or other utility vehicle on University of Dayton property, please refer to these instructions and guidelines.


It 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 Requirements:

All 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 include obtaining a report from Public Safety and promptly notifying a Supervisor and EHS/RM.

Recommended Equipment:

The following equipment is recommended to be present and operational on all utility vehicles:

  • 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
  • 1st Aid kit
  • Ties, braces or adequate compartments to properly stow equipment
  • Lights (head, tail, brake) for all night use
  • 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

Vehicle Operation:

  • Utility vehicles shall observe all vehicular traffic laws (e.g. stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, etc.)
  • 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.)
  • The number of passengers and load capacity shall not exceed the manufacturer’s rated limit.
  • 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 possible. Utility vehicles are not to be operated on City owned streets.
  • Vehicles can only be parked on hard covered surfaces and must not block any entrances to buildings, stairways, ramps, or thoroughfares.
  • Operators must reduce speed to match other users on all streets, sidewalks, and paths. In crowded pedestrian areas, operators must either park or proceed at a slow pace.
  • 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 Storage:

All 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.)

If you have additional questions regarding utility vehicle requirements please feel free to contact our office at 937-229-4503 and we will gladly help you.