Unregistered Motor Vehicle Use

Unregistered Motorized Vehicle Safety Guidelines


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These guidelines outline Wellesley College’s practices and procedures regarding the use of unregistered motorized vehicles on the Wellesley College campus. It specifies the authorized users of unregistered motorized vehicles and addresses some of the associated risk management issues pertaining to unregistered motorized vehicle use.


These guidelines apply to the use of golf carts and other 3 or 4‐wheeled cart‐type vehicles that are powered by electric or internal combustion engines (hereinafter referred to as “unregistered motorized vehicle” or “utility carts”) by Wellesley College employees on the Wellesley College Campus. Any use other than official College business is expressly prohibited. These guidelines do not apply to tractors or other machinery. For guidance about the use of tractors or other machinery at Wellesley College, employees should contact their supervisor.


The use of unregistered motorized vehicles at Wellesley College is limited to College offices/operating units (hereinafter “Office” or “Offices”) upon demonstration of a valid business use. Valid business use is defined as “transporting personnel/equipment/supplies for the College or transporting members of the College community with temporary or permanent disability needs.”

Use of unregistered motorized vehicles for personal convenience or personal errands, other than for disability‐related needs, is strictly prohibited.


Only College employees, student employees or volunteers who are Authorized Fleet Drivers may operate a College‐owned or rented unregistered motorized vehicle. (See Vehicle Safety Guidelines for further information.) Student employees and volunteers must have supervisor permission.

Any Office allowing persons to use a College‐owned or rented unregistered motorized vehicle for College business use is responsible for assuring that

Signed employee forms should sent to Human Resources for inclusion in the employee file. Signed student or volunteer forms should be kept on file by the supervising office for one year and then be destroyed. See Supervisor Responsibilities below for more information.

Employees or other drivers shall immediately notify their supervisor if their driver’s license or Approved Driver status is revoked or suspended. Unregistered motorized vehicles are not to be operated for any reason by any unauthorized driver. Volunteers are typically Wellesley students or alumnae who are volunteering for Reunion or Commencement duties. Questions on volunteers should be directed to Risk Management.


  1. General: Unregistered motorized vehicles shall not be operated in a manner that may endanger passengers, other individuals or damage Wellesley College property. All unregistered motorized vehicles must travel in the direction of the flow of traffic (when traveling on streets) and must obey all campus traffic regulations and signs. Pedestrians and cyclists have the right of way at all times and under all circumstances. Unregistered motorized vehicles shall maintain a distance of at least twenty (20) feet behind any pedestrian or cyclist. Operators of unregistered motorized vehicles which are not equipped with turn indicators shall use appropriate hand signals.
  2. Speed Limits: On campus streets, operators shall not exceed posted speed limits for motorized vehicles or a safe speed for the vehicle. On campus sidewalks, operators shall not exceed the speed of pedestrian traffic present. Operators shall not attempt to pass pedestrians or cyclists at any time. If an operator of an unregistered motorized vehicle encounters a pedestrian or cyclist traveling in the opposite direction of the unregistered motorized vehicle, the operator shall come to a complete stop until the pedestrian or cyclist has passed.
  3. Passenger Limit and Load Capacity: Occupancy shall not exceed the passenger limit and load capacity designated by the unregistered motorized vehicle’s manufacturer.
  4. Passenger Safety: Passengers must keep their heads, legs and arms within the cab of the unregistered motorized vehicle. Under no circumstances is anyone to ride standing in or on the back of an unregistered motorized vehicle. The driver and passengers must remain seated in the cart, holding on, until the vehicle has safely stopped. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult member of the College community in order to ride as a passenger in the vehicle.
  5. Passengers with Assistive Walking Devices: Passengers who use assistive walking devices should sit in the front passenger seat of a College operated unregistered motorized vehicle in order to ensure maximum comfort and safety for the passenger.
  6. Modifications: Unregistered motorized vehicles may not be modified without the approval of Facilities. Any modifications to unregistered motorized vehicles must be performed by Facilities.
  7. Cell Phones/Two‐Way Radios: Cell phone or two‐way radio use by the operator is prohibited while an unregistered motorized vehicle is in motion. The operator is prohibited from writing, reading or sending text‐based communications while operating an unregistered motorized vehicle.
  8. Alcohol Use: Operators may not drink alcoholic beverages before they enter an unregistered motorized vehicle or while operating the vehicle. Passengers may not carry open containers of alcoholic beverages or drink alcoholic beverages while riding in the vehicle.
  9. Headlights: All unregistered motorized vehicles must use headlights for operation after dark. Unregistered motorized vehicles that are not equipped with headlights may not be operated after dark.
  10. Fueling: Wellesley College faculty/staff employees may fuel unregistered motorized vehicles themselves or they may choose to take the vehicles to Motor Pool for fueling by a Motor Pool employee. Student employees and volunteers must take the vehicles to Motor Pool and fueling must be performed by a Motor Pool employee. Due to the difficulty of fueling unregistered motorized vehicles, which may involve removing the seat to access the tank which is next to the hot engine, operators of these vehicles must follow these fueling guidelines.
  11. Parking: After discharging passengers or unloading cargo, unregistered motorized vehicles must be parked at least 20 feet away from building entrances and exit ways.


Supervisors shall ensure that every person within their office who is authorized to operate unregistered motorized vehicles is appropriately advised of these guidelines. Supervisors shall obtain a statement “Unregistered Motor Vehicle Training Acknowledgement Form” (see Exhibit A of PDF or link to form) signed by each person who has been authorized to operate unregistered motorized vehicles, attesting to their knowledge and understanding of the Unregistered Motorized Vehicle Safety guidelines and confirming that they have received and read the Unregistered Motorized Vehicle Safety PowerPoint Presentation. Employee signed statements should be sent to HR. Student or volunteer signed statements should be scanned and sent to Risk Management (riskmanagement@wellesley.edu). Approval for driving unregistered motor vehicles will be included on the Approved Driver List.


All maintenance of college-owned unregistered motorized vehicles will be performed by, and the maintenance records maintained by, Motor Pool.

Any office with direct control over an unregistered motorized vehicle shall also ensure that its unregistered motorized vehicles are properly secured after hours and/or when not in use.


All unregistered motorized vehicle accidents and injuries must be reported immediately to Campus Police.

Additionally, College employees injured in an unregistered motorized vehicle accident in the course of College business should complete an Accident Reporting and Treatment (ART) Form and submit it to Wellesley College Human Resources (HR) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S).