Golf Cart/UTV Licenses

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City's Code of Ordinances regarding Golf Carts and UTVs


 24-12-1      DEFINITIONS.

(A)               “Golf Cart”:  A vehicle specifically designed and intended for the purpose of transporting one or more persons and their golf clubs or maintenance equipment while engaged in the playing of golf, supervising the play of golf, or maintaining the condition of the grounds on a public or private golf course.

(B)               “UTV”:  Any recreational motor vehicle other than an ATV, motorbike, or snowmobile as defined in Article X of this Chapter, designed for and capable of travel over designated unpaved roads, traveling on four (4) or more low-pressure tires of twenty (20) PSI or less, maximum width less than seventy-four (74) inches, maximum weight less than two thousand (2,000) pounds, or having a wheel base of ninety-four (94) inches or less.  UTV does not include golf carts, vehicles specifically designed to carry a disabled person or implements of husbandry.

 24-12-2      RULES AND REGULATIONS.  Golf carts and UTVs may only be operated on streets within the City in accordance with the following rules and regulations:

(A)               Any person who operates a golf cart or UTV in the City takes full responsibility for all liability associated with operating a golf cart or UTV.

(B)               Any person who operates a golf cart or UTV must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and possess a valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle issued by Illinois or any other state.

(C)               No person shall operate, and no owner shall permit another person to operate a golf cart or UTV on a City street unless: (1) the golf cart or UTV is covered by a liability insurance policy as required by Section 7-601 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/7-601); and (2) the operator of the golf cart or UTV carries with him proof of liability insurance as required by Section 7-602 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/7-602).

(D)               Golf carts or UTVs shall only be allowed to be operated on City streets one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise, and 10:00 P.M.  (Ord. No. 15-21; 11-09-15)

(E)               No person shall operate a golf cart or UTV on a City street in excess of the posted speed limits.

(F)               Golf carts or UTVs may not be operated on the following national or state highways except to cross said highways at intersections in a path ninety (90) degrees to said highways: State Highway 121, State Highway 32.

(G)               Golf carts or UTVs shall have their headlights, taillights and amber flashing light lighted at all times when operated on City streets.

(H)               Golf carts and UTVs may not be operated when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog, or other conditions or at any time when there is insufficient light to clearly see persons and vehicles on the roadway at a distance of five hundred (500) feet.

(I)                Golf carts and UTVs may not be operated on the sidewalks or in City parks other than parking areas.

(J)               Golf cart and UTV drivers must yield the right-of-way to overtaking vehicles at all times.

(K)               Any person who operates a golf cart or UTV on the streets of the City must adhere to all applicable state laws concerning the possession and use of alcoholic beverages and all illegal drugs, as well as all other state traffic laws.

(L)               The maximum occupancy of golf carts or UTVs traveling on City streets shall be one (1) person per bucket seat or two (2) people per bench seat.

(M)              Children must be properly secured in a child restraint system as required pursuant to the Child Passenger Protection Act (625 ILCS 25/1 et seq.).  Children eight (8) years and younger must be equipped with a properly sized crash helmet.  An open face or “3/4” style helmet, shall be the minimum coverage allowed hereunder.

(N)               Each driver and passenger shall wear a properly fastened and adjusted seat safety belt.

(O)               Golf carts and UTVs are only allowed to park in handicapped parking spaces if the driver or at least one (1) passenger has a valid handicapped parking sticker.

(P)               The operator of a golf cart or UTV shall obey all ordinances of the City and all provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code, as amended from time to time.

24-12-3      REQUIRED EQUIPMENT.  A golf cart or UTV operated on a City street shall have the following equipment in good working condition at all times:

(A)               Brakes;

(B)               Steering apparatus;

(C)               Tires;

(D)               Rearview mirror;

(E)               A slow moving emblem as required by 625 ILCS 5/12-709 attached to the rear;

(F)               Headlights that emit white light visible from at least five hundred (500) feet to the front;

(G)               Taillights that emit red light visible from at least one hundred (100) feet from the rear;

(H)               Brake lights on the rear;

(I)                Turn signals on the front and rear;

(J)               Seat belts for each passenger;

(K)               An amber flashing warning light attached to the roof of the vehicle, if so equipped, or if not so equipped, then to a pole attached to the vehicle of a height to be over the heads of the driver and passengers when seated, which shall be visible when flashing three hundred sixty (360) degrees of the vehicle.

24-12-4      PERMITS.

(A)               No person shall operate a motorized golf cart or UTV without obtaining a permit from the City Police Department as provided in this Section.

(B)               Permits shall be granted for a period of one (1) year and may be renewed annually on May 1st of each year.

(C)               The annual cost of a permit is Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per golf cart or UTV, to cover the costs of implementing and maintaining this Article, and shall be paid to the City Clerk by the applicant.  Insurance coverage shall be verified as in effect by the Police Department when issuing or renewing a permit.

(D)               After completion of the application and payment of the requisite fee, the applicant shall present the golf cart or UTV to the Chief of Police, or his designee, for an inspection to determine whether the golf cart or UTV may be operated on a City street.  If the applicant and golf cart or UTV are qualified under the terms and conditions of this Article, a license shall be issued to the applicant which must be kept on the vehicle at all times.  The Police Department shall issue a sticker as visible proof of compliance, which shall be valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of registration, and which must be displayed on the front uppermost part of the body on the driver’s side of the vehicle at all times.

(E)               Golf cart or UTV owners must complete the attached permit application form as shown on Exhibit A attached hereto.  The completed forms will be maintained by the City Police Department.

(F)               The license of an operator of a golf cart or UTV issued pursuant to this Article may be revoked by the Chief of Police, or his/her designee, if (1) there is any material misrepresentation made by the applicant on the application or (2) the required liability insurance is no longer in full force and effect or (3) there is evidence that the license holder can no longer safely operate the golf cart or UTV or (4) for any reason that he/she feels is appropriate to insure the safety and well-being of the citizens of the City.

(G)               The Chief of Police, or his/her designee, shall issue a notice of revocation of a license in writing and either hand deliver the notice to the license holder or send the notice by certified mail to the license holder at the address on the application.  The revocation of a license shall be effective immediately after personal service, or on the third day after the post mark of the certified mail receipt.

24-12-5      ENFORCEMENT.

(A)               The City may prosecute violators of this Article under the provisions of Section 1-1-20 “General Penalty” or Section 1-1-26 “Cafeteria Court” of the Municipal Code.  (NOTE:  The Cafeteria Court provision in Section 1-1-26 of Chapter 1 shall apply to this Chapter.)

(B)               Each day a person fails to comply with the provisions of this Article constitutes a separate offense.

(C)               Repeat offenders may have the privileges granted by this Article revoked by the City Council upon recommendation by the Police Department.

(D)               Upon investigation by and the recommendation of the Police Department the City Council may suspend or revoke a permit granted hereunder upon a finding that there is evidence that the Permittee cannot safely operate the motorized golf cart or UTV on the designated streets.

(Ord. No. 08-19; 08-25-08)