PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES (GOLF/UTILITY CARTS)
Section 7.03.02 - PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES (PTVs)
These procedures apply to ALL PTVs (Golf Cart/Utility Vehicles) whether rented for short-term use or assigned to a department.
A. PROCEDURES FOR OBTAINING PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES
1. Contact the Plant Operations office at extension 4467 for availability of a PTV.
2. Complete "Vehicle Request Form" (see Exhibit 7.01.09-A) and forward to Plant Operations, CBX 085.
3. Anyone requesting the use of a PTV must provide a driver who must be a Georgia College faculty or staff employee, or an approved student driver (see Section 10.01.05).
4. Drivers are required to complete PTV training and to review vehicle safety rules and operating procedures located in the PTV.
a. A log will be maintained by the Office of Environmental Health & Occupational Safety of drivers that have completed training.
5. The PTV and keys must be returned to Plant Operations Office or to the Public Safety dispatcher the same day to avoid being charged for an additional day's use.
B. DRIVER ELIGIBILITY (ALL STATE VEHICLES AND PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES)
The driver of a Georgia College vehicle must be protected and the University must be protected in two areas – liability and worker's compensation. To achieve this, the following conditions shall be met:
1. Be an employee of Georgia College with the valid license and proper driver's license classification to operate the vehicle to be driven, or
2. Be a student of Georgia College being paid at least minimum wage and with the valid student driver's permit (see Section 10.01.05), or
3. An individual employed by Georgia College on a part-time or temporary basis can be used if he/she has the proper license and is being paid at least minimum wage (this must be verified by the Payroll Office).
C. SAFETY INSPECTIONS OF PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES (PTVs)
1. All PTVs will be inspected on an annual basis by the Georgia College Automotive Shop personnel to determine safety of operation.
2. The Safety Inspection will include inspection of all items listed on the Georgia College "Personal Transportation Vehicle Inspection Form".
3. Upon passing the Safety Inspection, a decal bearing the year, inspection date and signature of the inspector will be placed on the inside of the windshield.
4. If a PTV does not pass the Safety Inspection, it will not be released for operation until all repairs are completed and the cart has been re-inspected.
D. REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE OF PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES (PTVs)
1. All PTVs should be in good, safe working order at all times. Should a problem be detected the vehicle should be transported to the Automotive Shop for repair.
2. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that the vehicle is in good working order.
E. GUIDELINES FOR SAFE USE OF PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES (PTVs)
1. Speed Limits:
The speed limit for PTVs is 20 mph
Operators must take conditions into account and drive slower under the following conditions:
Slippery sidewalks or other surfaces
Heavy pedestrian traffic
Reduced visibility due to weather
Approaching intersections and/or blind spots
Keep hands and feet inside the vehicle
Do not exceed seating capacity
Operators shall perform a pre-operational check:
Lights, brakes, back-up alarm, hazard light, horn, tire pressure
Refer to the operator’s manual for more information
Vehicle must be at a complete stop before switching gears
PTVs should not be parked in such a manner that sidewalks are obstructed
Headlights must be turned on at dusk and when it is raining, snowing or foggy
Utilize horn for emergency purposes only
Obey ALL traffic signs and lights
Do not exceed PTV weight capacity
Sudden stops or changes in direction may result in loss of control
Avoid tipping over – drive straight up or down a slope
Always remain seated
Slow down before and during turns
Reduce speed and use extra care in inclement weather
Pedestrians have the right of way
Avoid driving around people when possible
Avoid driving on the grass unless necessary
Never attempt to move pedestrians through intimidation
If an operator can’t predict the actions of a pedestrian, he/she must stop
4. Leaving the Vehicle:
Do not dismount vehicle before it has come to a complete stop
Engage the brake
Turn off ignition
Remove the key
Lock the vehicle if appropriate
5. Other Considerations:
Never do anything that distracts you from operating the PTV! Such as:
Operating radios, iPods, etc
Reading or rubbernecking
Do not park vehicle in a way that blocks emergency exits, doors, stairs, sidewalks, fire lanes, fire hydrants or handicap ramps
No horse play or reckless behavior
F. SUPERVISOR ACCOUNTABILITY
1. Ensure all operators receive training
2. Ensure operators review utility cart manual
3. Ensure operators read the PTV (Golf Cart/Utility Vehicle) procedures
4. Keep documentation in a central location to document this has been done
5. Take disciplinary action against operators who fail to comply with the procedures