Things you Should Know About your Golf Cart
There are traffic laws governing the use of golf carts on public roads they differentiate between gas powered and electric powered golf carts (NEV’s) Neighborhood Electric Vehicles & Gasoline Golf Carts:
- Required to be registered with MVD. Registration must be carried in vehicle.
- Vehicle Insurance required and must be carried in vehicle.
- Are designed to be and operated at not more than 25 MPH.
Caveat for NEVs:
They shall not be driven on a road that has a posted speed limit of more than thirty-five miles per hour.
On private property such as golf courses, no requirements are needed including crossing the roadway incident to golf play. Additionally, GC’s and NEV’s may cross roadways posted more then 35MPH to go from one side to the other.
Registration and Insurance per ARS is Mandatory!!!
A copy of the registration and insurance must be with the vehicle and must be operated by a properly licensed driver.
Mandatory Equipment Required:
- Stop lamps, Brakes, Tail light, Reflectors, Horn, License plate light, Muffler
- Windshield (Not required on GC’s manufactured before 1998)
- Headlamps, (Headlamp beam indicator required if equipped with multiple beam lamps)
- Mirrors, (Required if the vehicle is constructed or loaded in such a way that it obstructs the driver’s view to the rear of the vehicle.)
- Gas tank cap on gas powered GC’s
- An NEV shall have a notice of the operational restrictions that apply to the vehicle permanently attached to or painted on the vehicle in a location that is in clear view of the driver.
Many traffic laws such as impeding traffic, reasonable and prudent speed and unsafe lane changes may impact how you are able to operate your golf cart/NEV on the road.
A sense of Safety plays a large part in Golf Cart use. The Peoria PD recommends to not drive when and where it feels unsafe to do so.
For any questions contact Peoria PD’s Traffic Services Unit Officer Chuck Kunde.
Avoid bogeys and accidents—drive safely!