Being Cart Smart is No Accident

Did you know that USF has over 400 golf carts and utility vehicles? These golf carts transport people and equipment quickly and efficiently around its various campuses. It is important to note, however, since these vehicles operate in close proximity to both automobiles and pedestrians, exercising extreme caution is required for your safety and the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Due to the unique nature of these vehicles, USF has adopted specific policies and procedures to address the safe use of golf carts and utility vehicles on our campuses. We ask that you be “cart smart” and familiarize yourself with the university’s policies and procedures, as well as applicable Florida motor vehicle regulations:

Cart operators must have a valid drivers’ license to drive any USF cart or utility vehicle.

The online USF Cart Safety Training must be completed prior to operating a university cart. 
Operators must comply with Florida’s motor vehicle laws. Operators who fail to follow motor vehicle laws may be issued a ticket by the University Police Department.

Whenever possible, cart and utility vehicle operators should avoid driving on roadways. When utilizing sidewalks or other pedestrian areas, cart operators must yield right-of-way to all others including pedestrians, bicyclists, and skateboarders. 
Carts and utility vehicles may not block building entrances or exits, impede sidewalks, or block ADA access to any facilities. Additionally, carts are not permitted in parking spaces unless specifically designated for cart parking.

All accidents involving injury or property damage must be immediately reported to the University Police Department. 

Departments are responsible for ensuring employee compliance with all aspects of the USF Cart and Utility Vehicle Policy and Procedure, including ensuring that cart operators maintain a valid drivers’ license and that they have completed the USF Cart Safety Training. Failure to follow USF policies and procedures regarding safe operation of carts may result in formal disciplinary action.

Please contact the Division of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at (813) 974-4036 or eh& if you have any questions regarding this or any other safety topic.