Golf Cart Utility Vehicle Policy

Basic information


This policy establishes the safety measures to be followed by Calvin employees, student employees, and guests who operate golf carts/utility vehicles on campus. The intent of this policy is to prevent injuries to pedestrians, golf cart/utility vehicle operators, and reduce the risk of property damage. Campus Safety may potentially fine drivers for reckless driving and/or golf carts may be confiscated.


Department/Supervisors are responsible for

  • Ensuring that employee drivers and students are properly licensed and that they have completed the required safety training prior to operating a golf cart/utility vehicle
  • Ensuring that a training verification form has been signed by the employee and a copy sent to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
  • Taking timely action to correct operator misuse in the operation of a golf cart/utility vehicle Drivers are responsible for
  • Completing golf cart/utility vehicle safety training prior to operating a cart/utility vehicle
  • Signing a Golf Cart/Utility Vehicle Training Verification Form and returning it to his/her supervisor
  • Inspecting the golf cart/utility vehicle before operation and documenting any deficiencies
  • Operating the cart/vehicle in a safe manner
  • Reporting accidents to Physical Plant Transportation, Campus Safety and his/her immediate supervisor
  • Remaining on campus with the golf cart or utility vehicle

Operators must:

  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not allow passengers in the cargo area of the utility vehicle

Safe Operating Procedures

  • An operator should conduct a safety check on the cart/utility vehicle prior to operation
  • Shall not operate the golf cart/utility vehicle in a manner that may endanger passengers, pedestrians or property
  • Do not carry more passengers than seating is provided for
  • Do not overload the golf cart/utility vehicle by exceeding the recommended carrying or load capacity
  • Operators and passengers must keep their bodies inside the cab of the golf cart/utility vehicle (except when using hand signals)
  • Occupants are to remain seated until the golf cart/utility vehicle comes to a complete stop, no jumping on or off a moving cart is allowed
  • Drive on paved surfaces only and do not cut through grassy areas
  • Golf carts/Utility Vehicles shall not exceed 10 mph on all campus roadways. When on sidewalks or other pedestrian areas speed should not exceed 5 mph
  • When approaching a blind corner, such as a building wall, slow down and use caution
  • Golf carts can turn corners very sharply, therefore it is necessary to go slowly and keep all four wheels on the ground
  • Use of cell phones and pagers are prohibited while driving a golf cart/utility vehicle. Operator must pull over and stop to make or receive calls
  • The golf cart/utility vehicle must come to a complete stop before proceeding through intersecting sidewalks or other areas that have blind spots
  • Operators must yield to pedestrians at all times
  • Operators must reduce speed in heavy pedestrian traffic or stop until the traffic has lessened
  • Operators must never attempt to get pedestrians out of their way by intimidating them
  • Whenever an operator feels he/she cannot predict the actions of a pedestrian or other vehicle operator, he/she must come to a complete stop
  • Operators must account for the fact that a pedestrian may be physically impaired (unable to move quickly) or unable to hear or see the golf cart/utility vehicle
  • Operators are responsible for ignition keys for the period of time in which they are using the vehicle. Keys shall not be left in golf carts/utility vehicles.
  • The parking brake must be set when not in transit
  • Golf carts/utility vehicles shall not block exits, entrances, stairs, sidewalks, fire hydrants, fire lanes or handicap ramps


Erica Shier: (616) 526-6843


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