Local Governments Allow the Use of Golf Carts on Public Roadways


Local Governments Allow the Use of Golf Carts on Public Roadways

Local Governments Allow the Use of Golf Carts on Public Roadways

Golf Carts are four-wheeled, electric vehicles that are great for a game of golf or for leisure activity.  But would you consider driving one on a public road?  Ordinances allowing golf carts on public roadways have been a recent trend in Florida.  Local governments are looking at this as a step toward becoming more sustainable, as well as possibly helping to ease traffic congestion.  Florida Statute 316.212 requires appropriate signage be posted in areas where golf carts are allowed on public streets. 1

St. Johns County, FL has just adopted an ordinance implementing provisions for the operation of golf carts on designated county roads. 2 Miramar in Broward County, FL has also just adopted an ordinance amending the Traffic and Motor Vehicles Code to permit the use of golf carts on certain roadways in hopes of reducing gas consumption and greenhouse gas emission and is open to the idea possibly expanding the permitted areas of use.  3 Inverness in Citrus County, FL is in the very beginning stages of discussing this topic.  The Inverness City Council heard a presentation at the 3/17/09 meeting on allowing golf carts and similar type vehicles on city streets. 4

This is a great step toward reducing pollution, but golf carts’ maximum speed is only between 20 and 25 mph.  It sounds to me like it would do the opposite of helping to ease traffic congestion.  Does this look like a growing trend in Florida, or do you feel this idea will die out?  Would the use of golf carts be safe in your area?  If traffic accidents occur, do you feel that local governments should propose changes on the regulations of electric cars on public roads?

Here is a list of sample issues from the OrdinanceWatch™ Database regarding the Allowance of Golf Carts on Public Roads.

1. Online Sunshine, The Official Internet Site for the Florida Legislature. (2009). Florida Statute for Golf Carts. Retrieved March 25, 2009. Web site: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?StatuteYear=2008&AppMode=Display_Results&Mode=Search%2520Statutes&Submenu=2&Tab=statutes&Search_String=316.212++
2. St. Johns County, FL County Commission Ordinances. (2009). An Ordinance Regarding Provisions for Operation of Golf Carts on County Roads and County Rights of Way.  Retrieved March 25, 2009. Web site: http://www.clk.co.st-johns.fl.us/minrec/minutes/2009/minutes2009.htm
3. Miramar, FL City Commission Ordinances. (2009). An Ordinance Regarding the Use of Golf Carts on Local Roadways. Retrieved March 25, 2009. Web site: http://www.ci.miramar.fl.us/cityclerk/docs/DCCOMarchives.html
4. Inverness, FL City Council Ordinances. (2009). Discussion of Golf Carts on Streets. Retrieved March 25, 2009. Web site: http://www.inverness-fl.gov/index.asp?nid=61


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  15. 16 Carol
    February 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I would consider safety to be huge in a golf cart. If anyone ran into it there is nothing to stop even a slow moving vehicle! The driver and any passengers would be severely injured. Some of these things are operating like vehicles for hire and I wonder how they are able to do so. They charge for “advertising” while indicating its a free ride. I wonder if the poor passenger has considered their possible fate.

    I don’t see how these golf carts help with traffic issues either. It seems they make them worse.


  16. March 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I live in a town where there are many senior citizens who refuse to drive the speed limit. It’s very frustrating. I seriously doubt that having golf carts on the street will help with traffic problems.


    • January 16, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Hi Bill, thank you for your input. That does sound frusterating. I wonder if local governments are taking that into consideration as they discuss ordinances to allow golf carts on public roadways.

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