The popularity of golf carts being used instead of cars and truck to get around is a problem in some communities.
A revised golf cart law became effective on July 1st, 2009. The state approved legislation allowing golf carts to be driven in towns and cities IF there is a local ordinance allowing it.
The following apples:
· The driver must be 16 years of age or older with a valid driver's license
· The law excludes utility vehicles (such as an All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and "gators").
· Operating a golf cart on any roadway (including County and State highways) is unlawful; unless it is within the jurisdiction of a city or town that has passed an ordinance permitting this (a gated community may allow golf carts if their roads are privately maintained).
· If a golf cart is operated on a highway when there is no ordinance permitting golf carts, all of the vehicle laws apply, including licensing, registration (license plates), and equipment.
· At all times golf cart drivers must obey all laws governing the movement of traffic such as stop signs, speed limits and automatic signals.
· Counties are NOT granted the authority to legalize golf cart use on county highways.
· Vehicle titles, registration, and equipment are exempt ONLY WHEN the golf cart is operated under the local highways in accordance with a city or town ordinance.
· Anything outside of town/city limits applies under state statute.
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