Cleaning and Disinfecting a Shared University Vehicle or Cart


This document contains information on how to properly clean and disinfect a shared University owned fleet vehicle or cart to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Guidance to Clean and Disinfect Shared University Vehicles

  1. Perform cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas before and after each use.
  2. Disposable gloves should be used when handling chemical disinfectants.
  3. Open vehicle doors and windows to air out the vehicle, doors and windows should remain open when cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle.
  4. Wear a face covering while operating any shared use vehicle. Avoid touching your face or the exterior of the face covering.
  5. Do not touch your face with your gloves on as you might transmit COVID-19 through your contaminated gloves.
  6. Clean and disinfect all commonly touched surfaces used to access and control the vehicle. Use the appropriate cleaner or wipes for the surface in mind. Commonly touched surfaces include:
  • Keys
  • Door handles & grab bars
  • Interior door handles, seatbelts, surrounding surfaces
  • Steering wheel
  • Gear shift
  • Console, control knobs, radio buttons
  1. Repeat cleaning and disinfecting procedure at the end of each shift or vehicle exchange.
  2. Remove personal trash from the vehicle and dispose of trash in a trash receptacle.
  3. Immediately upon exiting the vehicle wash your hands or disinfect with alcohol-based hand sanitizer if washing your hands is not an option

Guidance for Minimizing Number of Occupants in the Same Vehicle

To the extent feasible, supervisors and employees should minimize sharing the use of any one single vehicle and plan their work to achieve this goal. Coordinate the shift change cleaning process so that there is no overlap in shift changes so employees can maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

Use of face coverings inside shared University vehicles is strongly advised.

(updated 7/28/2020)