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Unread 06-14-2012, 01:33 PM   #311
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Ok, so I FINALLY got my cart street legal!!!!! Let me tell you after reading all the post I was kind of nervous, but everything went well and I was in and out of the Tampa, Fl Regional DMV with a VIN and TAG in less than an hour. I also got insurance for an LSV through USAA and it's only $15 a month and they knew exactly what I was talking about and needed.
I can't say enough good things about the people at the Tampa DMV office. I called up there twice a few days ahead to get all the information and then to make sure that all my paperwork was filled out right and they were really helpful. Then when I got there the lady at the counter couldn't believe all my paperwork was right the 1st time around and said I'll go get your VIN and meet you out front to look at the cart. Her and another gentleman looked it over and made me turn on the lights, blinkers, horn, and etc and that was it. She placed the VIN sticker on steering wheel column and I loaded the cart back onto the trailer, called my insurance, went inside paid the bill, and was out of there.
Now I just need to find out if the seat belt and child restraint laws are the same on the golf cart (LSV) as in a vehicle. The main reason is to see if I "have" to have our 1.5 yr old in a big car seat.
Thanks to all for the help and comments through this forum. It definitely would've been a lot harder without it.
I am also a USAA customer. My insurance (liability only) was $4.40 per month.
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Unread 06-14-2012, 01:35 PM   #312
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BTW, in Georgia, a 1 1/2 year old cant ride in a golf cart on the street. He/she must be at least 6......
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Default Re: Anyone get their cart Florida Street Legal?

WOW!! I need to look at my policy again, but I do know that I'm covered for fire, theft, collision, and etc....

Good to know about the law in GA. We're actually leaving end of next week to go camping at Ft. Mountain and Stone Mountain. I know they didn't care at Stone Mountain because we asked and did it last year w/o a tag and hopefully they won't say much at Ft Mountain since it's a state park.
Thanks for the heads up though.
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I'm pretty sure that golf carts aren't allowed in GA State Parks. I know they aren't in Ga Veterans State Park.

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WOW!! I need to look at my policy again, but I do know that I'm covered for fire, theft, collision, and etc....

Good to know about the law in GA. We're actually leaving end of next week to go camping at Ft. Mountain and Stone Mountain. I know they didn't care at Stone Mountain because we asked and did it last year w/o a tag and hopefully they won't say much at Ft Mountain since it's a state park.
Thanks for the heads up though.
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BTW, in Georgia, a 1 1/2 year old cant ride in a golf cart on the street. He/she must be at least 6......
I just checked the GA state statutes and a LSV has the same rules and regulations as a motor vehicle. So kids are fine as long as they're in their appropriate car seat and/or buckled depending on age and weight. My "golf cart" is no longer a "golf cart" since it's tagged.

O.C.G.A. 40-6-360 (2010)
40-6-360. Rights of persons operating low-speed vehicles
Every person operating a low-speed vehicle shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter except as to special regulations in this part and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.

There are no provisions that limit the age of a passenger.
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I'm pretty sure that golf carts aren't allowed in GA State Parks. I know they aren't in Ga Veterans State Park.
You are correct. That was one of the driving forces for me to get it tagged. NOW, it is no longer a 2006 CC "golf cart". It's a 2012 LSV and it's fully street legal and they can't say a thing, except how did you do that and can I see the title and registration. I'm sure we'll catch some heat to begin with but maybe this will get the GA state parks to let "golf carts" in there soon.
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I'm still up in the air with converting because of the traffic where I live. Its just not safe outside my community.

By the way, how much did you pay to register and tag the cart?
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Golf Carts: Golf carts are considered “motorized carts” pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-1-1 (32) and may be classified as a “slow moving” vehicle pursuant to paragraph (25.1).

Legal Operation of a Golf Cart on Public Roadway



As a motorized cart, a golf cart may operate on roadways when all of the following elements of law are met:



1) during daylight hours only (O.C.G.A. 40-6-330). May, however, operate at night if they meet the equipment requirements of 49 Code of Federal Registry 571.500; and

2) operate only on a roadway with a posted maximum speed limit of 35 MPH; and

3) must be equipped with an amber strobe light that is visible for 500 feet to the rear and front (O.C.G.A. 40-6-362); and

4) the operator possess a valid drivers license (O.C.G.A. 40-5-20 and Coker v. State, Georgia Court of Appeals. June 13, 2003); and

5) Slow Moving Emblem attached to the rear required [O.C.G.A. 40-8-4 (a) ].



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6) Impeding the flow of traffic prohibited: a golf cart or other vehicles may not drive “at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.” O.C.G.A. 40-6-184. This would include a golf cart or other slow moving vehicle operating at 20-25 mph in a 35 mph speed zone that impedes or prevents a vehicle from driving the posted speed limit.

7) Children under the age of 6 prohibited from riding as a passenger, for “a child passenger restraining system” shall be provided in all passenger vehicles (O.C.G.A. 48-8-76).



Registration (tag) is not required pursuant to 40-2-20 (exempts motorized carts), and Insurance is not required pursuant to 34-33-2 (Insurance is only required for motor vehicles requiring registration (tag).



Note: County Ordinance 2-13-56 prohibits any motorized conveyance (golf carts, ATV’s, UTV’s, etcetera) from operating on a sidewalk or bicycle path, and 2-11-16 prohibits operation on any beach and other prohibited areas in county parks and property. Law Enforcement exempt.



Manufactured “Slow Moving” Vehicles such as the GEM Electric vehicles: may operate on roadways during all hours that have a posted maximum speed limit of 35 MPH when equipped with an amber strobe light that is visible for 500 feet to the rear and front, and the operator possess a valid drivers license. Gem Electric vehicles are classified as “Low Speed” vehicles and thus are required to have an amber flashing light to warn other motorist of a slow moving vehicle pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-8-35, and are equipped with all required lighting to operate during low or no light conditions (headlights, turn signals, brake lights, running lights) as required by 49 CFR 571.500.



Registration and insurance is required. 40-2-20 only exempts motorized carts.
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Default Re: Anyone get their cart Florida Street Legal?

Tavares has allowed Golf carts on all their downtown streets for well over a year now.

Astor, and Howey in the Hills just became Golf Cart friendly cities.

Umatilla, Eustis, and Mt Dora are all considering options.

I just recently read that one of the biggest issues with cities going "Golf Cart Friendly" has just been removed by the State legislature. As of January, Slow moving vehicles will now legally be able to cross state roads/highways.
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kellybell, not to argue, but I no longer have a "golf cart" it is a registered, titled, and tagged LSV. It is NOT a "golf cart". Therefore it does not fall under any of those statutes. Also, since I'm not a GA resident most of that doesn't matter anyways. There are provisions for non-residents and visitors. My "vehicle" is tagged in the state of FL and is allowed on any street that has a posted sign of 35 mph or less.
Now for the other statute concerning children under 6. It states "7) Children under the age of 6 prohibited from riding as a passenger, for “a child passenger restraining system” shall be provided in all passenger vehicles (O.C.G.A. 48-8-76).
This means as long as you have a child restraint system they can. Most golf carts don't have seat belts and that's why I think they say this.
My LSV however does and will have a child restraining system as well.
As I stated before though I no longer own a "golf cart". Just because it looks smells like, and looks like one doesn't mean it is one. I know we will probably run into some people that will try and question the issue and say we can't, but I'm prepared for that and we'll see what happens. I'm legal, the LSV is legal, and I'll have my children properly restrained just as they are in my truck. So maybe I might get educated since I'm new to owning a LSV, but hopefully we'll be able to educate others as well and more people will make their carts street legal. I'll post an update in a couple of weeks and let ya know how it went, the good and the bad.
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