SOUTHERN CALIFORNA PRESBYTERIAN HOMES
POLICY AND PROCEDURE
FACILITY: All REF: OP-001B
POLICY CATEGORY: Operations PAGE: 1 of 3
POLICY TITLE: Low Speed Vehicle & Golf Cart Safety REV: 5/03
SOURCE (CODE OR STATUTE): National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
California DMV Vehicle Code
ALTERNATE TOPICS/POLICIES: N/A
All SCPH employees using low speed vehicles (LSV’s) and golf carts are required to
obtain training identified in, and to operate the vehicle in accordance with the procedure
identified below. It is the responsibility of each department and facility manager to
ensure that employees designated to drive such vehicles are compliant with this
Low Speed Vehicle (LSV): The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) defines
an LSV as a motor vehicle with four (4) wheels on the ground and an unladen weight of
1,800 pounds or less that is capable of being propeled at a minimum speed of 20 MPH
and a maximum speed of 25 MPH on a paved, level surface. A golf cart is not
considered a LSV.
Golf Cart: The DMV defines a golf cart as a motor vehicle having not less than three (3)
wheels in contact with the ground with an unladen weight less than 1,300 pounds which
is designed to be operated at not more than 15 MPH. It is designed to carry golf
equipment and no more than two people, including the driver.
In accordance with regulations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all
LSV’s must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles and must have the
seven-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) posted in a prominent location on the
vehicle. It is the responsibility of the facility manager or transportation
coordinator, as appropriate, to ensure such vehicles on their campus are properly
registered and that a log is maintained of LSV’s and their VIN.
All employee drivers of LSV’s must have a valid California driver’s license and insurance
certificate on file with the Insurance Coordinator in the home office before they may
operate a LSV. Further, employee operators of LSV’s must attend a safety training
program regarding the safe operation of these vehicles. Employees operating golf carts
are not required to be licensed California drivers but MUST pass a written test on safe
operation of golf carts in a retirement community.
1. Registered LSV’s may be driven on public streets within speed limits of 35 MPH or
less and only if they meet the following mandatory safety criteria set forth below:
A. LSV’s must have seatbelts for each occupant.
B. LSV’s must have headlights, windshield wipers and a rear-view mirror.
3. Preferred safety equipment for LSV’s includes hydraulic brakes, rack and pinion
steering, safety glass windshield, front wheel drive and turn signals.
4. Golf carts are not DMV-registered vehicles. Therefore these vehicles must not be
driven on city streets.
5. For both Golf Carts and Low Speed Vehicles:
A. Do not exceed maximum-allowable occupancy.
B. Modifications of these vehicles are strictly prohibited.
C. Obey all safety and speed regulations posted by the city in which you operate.
D. Do not use the vehicle for other than company business
E. Do not allow non-employees to ride aboard the vehicle.
A. Each Transportation Department supervisor (or facility equivalent) is responsible
for developing and providing a safety and training program related to facility golf
carts and LSV’s, and for ensuring that all employees on their campus who use
these vehicles attend the required training at least annually.
B. Testing for unlicensed golf cart operators shall also be the responsibility of the
C. Having completed training (and testing if required), employee operators are
responsible for operating these vehicles according to the instructions set forth in
D. Designated Maintenance personnel are responsible for providing necessary
maintenance to these vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications.
8. Training Program
A. Golf cart and LSV safety training shall include, but not be limited to, the following
1) The procedures and responsibilities contained in this policy.
2) Responsibilities of those involved in the program.
3) An introduction to the vehicle’s controls and their function.
4) Inspection procedure to follow prior to starting the vehicle.
5) Proper conduct for driving the vehicle.
6) Steps to take when leaving the vehicle unattended.
B. Training Outline
1) Introduction to Controls and their Function
Key Switch - enables you to switch off the basic electrical system.
Forward-Neutral-Reverse Lever - allows you to select the direction of
Accelerator Pedal - releases the parking brake (if engaged) and
starts/stops the motor when depressed/released.
Combination Service Brake and Hill Brake Pedal - stops vehicle quickly
when depressed and/or locks in place to act as a parking brake.
2) Before Starting the Vehicle
Check for correct tire inflation.
Inspect for fluid leaks.
Be sure that everything is properly secured and stored.
3) Starting the Vehicle
Apply the parking brake.
Place the F-N-R lever in the Neutral position.
Put the key in the ignition and turn to the "ON" position.
Put the F-N-R lever in the desired direction.
Release the parking brake.
Depress the accelerator to start the motor.
4) Driving the Vehicle
Always check behind the vehicle before backing up.
Maximum occupancy is two (2) people.
Remain seated in the vehicle until it comes to a complete stop.
Drive only as fast as conditions allow.
Carts turn "on-a-dime"; avoid quick turns to prevent "spilling passengers".
Approach sharp turns, blind corners, and other hazardous areas with
Avoid areas with wet or loose terrain.
Avoid traveling over steep grades.
5) Leaving the Vehicle Unattended:
Engage the parking brake.
Put the F-N-R lever in the Neutral position.
Turn the key to the "OFF" position, remove it and take it with you.