Small Vehicle Safety Program

The purpose of the Small Vehicle Safety Program is to help prevent vehicle-related accidents, injuries, and property damage. The majority of accidents involving small vehicles are the fault of the operator.  In some instances, the operator had not been properly trained.  More often, the accidents result from careless acts.  The potential of an accident is increased due to a high center of gravity and low vehicle weight.

Register for DD/SVS

Driver's Wheel

Driving small vehicles on campus is a privilege and should be treated as such.  

Vehicle Code Section 670 defines a vehicle as a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device moved exclusively by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

Carts are considered a vehicle and all rules of the road should be followed no matter if driving on a pathway or roadway.  Individuals who are seen driving inappropriately can have their privileges revoked.

University Employees who intend to drive any small vehicle on campus must complete the following:

  • Register for Defensive Driver Training
  • Complete the online Defensive Driver course
  • Complete an online course for small vehicles
  • Complete an in-person practical exercise
  • Send in a completed Rules of Operation and training record form

Small Vehicles include, but are not limited to: three or four-wheeled electric or gas-powered golf carts, utility vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, small maintenance vehicles, escort shuttles, or disabled transport carts.


Contact Information:

April Dunham-Filson
​Health & Safety Specialist
PH: (209) 667-3689

Updated: December 07, 2023