Carleton’s tunnel system provides a great way to get around campus. The use of golf carts by staff offers a practical solution for moving equipment and getting around quickly.
Carleton’s Golf Carts in Tunnels policy outlines the requirements for the safe operation of golf carts.
Becoming a Driver
In order to be approved as a golf cart driver, the applicant must complete mandatory training established by Environmental Health & Safety and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Golf Carts in Tunnels policy. The supervisor/manager is responsible for filling out a Golf Cart Approval Form and forwarding to the Director of Environmental Health & Safety.
Drivers must be re-approved every 3 years during the month of September.
Safe Cart Operation
- Pedestrians and persons using wheelchairs or other assistive devices have the right of way at all times in the tunnels.
- Drivers will come to a complete stop at all stop signs.
- Drivers will keep to the right except when passing.
- When passing, drivers will reduce speed, ensure others are aware of the cart, sound horn well in advance, maintain safe clearance, and proceed with caution.
- When turning, drivers will reduce speed and ensure safe clearance.
- When backing up, drivers will ensure the area is clear of people and obstructions.
- When parking, drivers will ensure the cart is secured and exits are not blocked.
- Drivers will not permit passengers to stand on a moving cart or trailer.
When towing a trailer, drivers will ensure the hitch and loads are secure.
- When transporting exceptionally heavy loads, drivers will discuss specific requirements with their manager or department head.
- The use of carts to transport hazardous materials requires the approval of the supervisor/manager or department head. Drivers will take the following precautions:
- Transport at times of low pedestrian traffic
- Transport the smallest quantity possible
- Transport with spill clean-up materials
- Drivers will report to their supervisor/manager or department head all incidents involving injury to persons or damage to property.
- Drivers will also report to their supervisor/manager or department head any factors which would affect their ability to safely drive a golf cart.
Reporting Unsafe Cart Operation
Report unsafe driving to Environmental Health & Safety. Provide the location, cart number, driver description and incident details. Submit a report through the Good Catch Reporting Form, by emailing email@example.com or by calling at 613-520-3000.