UCLA's vehicle loss data shows that 13 incidents have occurred since 2011, resulting in two serious injuries and over a quarter million dollars in costs. Five of those incidents occurred in 2016 alone.
University drivers who operate utility carts are often not aware of the inherent risks associated with these specialized vehicles. UCLA has experienced a variety of incidents in recent years, including unsecured cargo falling from carts, a cart losing control and striking a wall, a pedestrian being struck, and passengers being ejected from the cab of the cart.
Because utility carts are small, agile vehicles that typically operate in close proximity to pedestrians, they pose a unique safety risk. Many operate off-road on sidewalks, paths, and even across campus lawns. They are also difficult to hear, as most are powered electrically and produce little engine noise. And since carts can alternate from on- to off-road, drivers should be aware that changing terrain can contribute to tip-over hazards.
Collisions are preventable by simply employing defensive driving practices. Some of these include:
- Wearing a seat belt or using handholds
- Properly securing cargo
- Adhering to speed limit for carts
- Being cautious around pedestrians
- Keeping hands and feet inside the cart at all times
- Avoiding off-road hazards, such as sprinkler heads, poles/bollards, potholes, and debris
- Parking the cart in a safe location
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