This program covers the operation of small utility vehicles in a university setting. Small utility service vehicles, herein referred to as ‘Utility Carts’, include golf carts, turf vehicles and small rough terrain vehicles that are allowed on controlled access areas and or streets of the campus.
Operation of utility carts on sidewalks poses risk to pedestrians and therefore requires special training and responsibility to prevent incidents and potential injury. All individuals operating utility carts must be trained before using the vehicles. Reading and understanding the Utility Cart Safety Program and responsibilities of cart operation plus additional machine specific use instruction will serve as the required training to be administered by each department or area utilizing utility carts. All utility carts operated on NMSU Las Cruces main campus must be registered with Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management and display the provided unique identification number.
Other low speed vehicles capable of exceeding 20 mph must be primarily operated over roadways, not controlled access areas. Individuals operating low speed roadway use vehicles will be required to attend Defensive Driving and be permitted according to the NMSU Vehicle Use Procedures.
How to Obtain a Utility Cart Permit
Please read the NMSU Utility Cart Safety Program document listed below and watch the Utility Cart Safety Video. Once the video has been reviewed, please complete the Operator’s Acknowledge Form attached to the program document and submit to EHS&RM. EHS&RM will perform a driver’s history check and upon approval will issue the Utility Cart Permit.