The University of Memphis
Operation of Utility Vehicles
Utility vehicles shall be operated with the utmost courtesy, care and consideration for the safety and convenience of pedestrians. Pedestrians shall be afforded the right-of-way at all times. Under no circumstances may a utility vehicle force a pedestrian off of a sidewalk. Utility vehicles shall also afford the right-of-way to those who may be skating, skate boarding, bicycling, or those in wheelchairs or mobility assistance devices. All utility vechiles shall be operated in accordance with the requirements of this policy.
This policy applies to all utility vehicle operators on University of Memphis property whether the utility vehicle is owned and operated by the University or by a non-University entity. Deans, directors, and department heads are responsible for ensuring that utility vehicles are purchased, operated, and maintained as provided in this policy.
Utility vehicles provide a practical, energy saving and environmentally responsible alternative to operation of larger gasoline or diesel powered vehicles on and around campus. University utility vehicles include golf carts, electric powered small trucks, 3 or 4 wheel bicycles and Segway human transporters. Because these vehicles are relatively heavy, extremely quiet and able to move at considerable speed, care must be exercised in operating them. Therefore, employees must be trained and authorized to operate each type of utility vehicle prior to its use.
The University of Memphis desires to ensure that all utility vehicles are operated safely on University property in order to prevent accidents, incidents, and injuries related to the operation of utility vehicles.
A compact Vehicle with or without a motor that: (i) may be designed for on or off road use; (ii) is powered by an electric motor or an engine of no more than 25 horsepower, or (iii) non-motorized 3 or 4 wheel bicycle (iv) is used for athletic events, general maintenance, security, agricultural or horticultural purposes.
Golf Cart: A self-propelled vehicle that is designed to transport persons and equipment on campus. Golf Carts that have been modified for multi-passenger use or configured to carry packages or other materials will be included in this definition.
Segway: A self-balancing personal transportation device with two wheels; can operate in any level pedestrian environment.
T- 3 Transporter: A 3-wheeled electric powered vehicle used by Police Services for patrolling on and around campus
Any person who drives a golf cart/utility vehicle on University property, including without limitation University employees, students, volunteers, contractors, vendors, or other agents of and visitors to the University.
A. Department Requirements:
B. Vehicle Requirements:
C. Operator Requirements:
D. Utility Vehicle Operation:
Utility vehicles shall be operated in accordance with the U of M Utility Vehicle Operating Procedures.
E. Inspections and Maintenance:
Each utility vehicle shall be inspected by a qualified technician annually. In order to maintain quality inspections, Physical Plant will identify companies or persons for inspection and maintenance of utility vehicles. Utility vehicles shall not be operated if any inspection item fails, until such time as the inspection item has been repaired by a qualified technician. A copy of the repair bill must be attached to the inspection form as proof of correction. Departments must keep inspection and maintenance records for their utility vehicles for 3 years or until they no longer own the vehicle.
U of M Police and Parking Services have the authority to enforce the provisions of this policy as well as issue traffic and parking citations. The campus community is encouraged to report irresponsible operation of utility vehicles to U of M Police Services or Physical Plant Employee Safety & Health.
Operators who are reported for unsafe operation of utility vehicles may be subject to one or more of the following:
All operators of University utility vehicles must participate in training and acquire certification to operate each type of utility vehicle prior to using it. The Physical Plant Safety & Training Office will be responsible for conducting training and for annual review and updating policies, procedures and training as needed. Training will consist of classroom lecture and hands-on demonstration of operational skills for each type of utility vehicle. Supervisors will be responsible for making sure their employees are properly trained and certified to operate utility vehicles in their areas.
|Utility Vehicle Operating Procedures|
|Penalties for Misues|
Operators who misuse utility vehicles on U of M property will be subject to disciplinary sanctions, depending upon the magnitude of the misuse and the frequency with which it has occurred. Misuse includes, but is not limited to:
|Who do I contact with additional questions?|
Contact Physical Plant's Employee Safety & Health unit. Contact information is available online at http://bf.memphis.edu/pp/esh/index.php.
|University Vehicles Policy UM1440|
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