Unlicensed Vehicles Training

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Safety Training for Golf Carts & Gators

The proper operation of unlicensed electric or gas-powered vehicles (golf carts and gators) is required of all employees, contractors and students who utilize them on the campus of Old Dominion University.

The University's policies enable operators of unlicensed vehicles to avoid situations that may compromise their safety or the safety of those in the vicinity of the vehicle, and avoid damaging the vehicle or any of its accessories.

To sign-up for the mandatory training class held by Frank Dzupinka with ODU Environmental Health please email fdzupink@odu.edu.

Unlicensed Vehicle Policies include:

  • Operators must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Prior to operating a vehicle on campus, individuals must attend Unlicensed Vehicle Safety Training and pass the written test.
  • Unlicensed vehicles shall not be driven on city owned sidewalks. The city owns all sidewalks along the streets surrounding the campus. Vehicles may be slowly and safely operated on state owned sidewalks on campus only. Avoid parking or driving on the grass.
  • Unlicensed vehicles may be operated only in the city streets directly bordering the main campus proper.
    • These include 49th St., 48th St., 47th St., 46th St., 45th St., 43rd St, Powhatan Ave, Bluestone Ave, Killam Ave and Monarch Way.
  • When in the street stay to the right to allow other faster vehicles to safely pass, and yield to all vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Cross Hampton Boulevard at 43rd, 45th, 47th, or 49th Streets alongside, but not in the crosswalks.
  • Operating on Hampton Boulevard and its sidewalks is not allowed.
  • Do not exceed the maximum safe occupancy of 2 persons per bench seat.
  • Modifications to unlicensed vehicles are to only be performed by the Vehicle Support Center.
  • Drive vehicles at safe speeds, particularly in areas with high pedestrian traffic. Safe speed implies a speed which always ensures safety and comfort with regard to pedestrians.
    • Vehicles should be operated at speeds only slightly faster than walking speed when in the vicinity of pedestrians.
  • Operators shall not wear ear buds, headphones or use cell phones or other means of communication while driving.
  • All unlicensed vehicles shall display a slow-moving vehicle triangle on the rear of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles operated between sunset and sunrise must have all installed lights working and turned on and the slow-moving placard installed at the rear of vehicle.
  • Charging of electric and fueling of gas-powered golf carts shall be done in a well- ventilated area away from any ignition source.
  • Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way on campus sidewalks.
  • Unlicensed vehicles shall not be parked in reserved parking spaces, areas that restrict access to emergency equipment, on sidewalks, or near exit points of buildings.
  • Hand signals must be used to indicate turns if directional signals are not installed.
  • Golf Carts (or any other vehicle) shall not be driven through the Koch Hall Breezeway, shall not be parked anywhere near the front of Broderick Dining Commons (use the loading dock area in rear), and shall not be operated on or parked on any city owned sidewalks (all sidewalks along city streets).
  • Vehicles must be secured against theft at the end of working hours and on weekends.
  • Do not leave keys in unattended vehicles.
  • No standing in any unlicensed vehicle.
  • Avoid driving in close proximity to individuals with physical disabilities.


5255 Hampton Blvd. | Spong Hall, Suite 2501 | Norfolk, Virginia 23529
Phone: (757) 683-4495 | Fax: (757) 683-6025