Council approves golf cart ordinance

Aug. 18 – EFFINGHAM – Effingham Town Council voted 3-2 this week to allow the use of licensed golf carts on certain streets and lanes in the town.

Golf cart permits can be obtained annually from the city for golf carts meeting the criteria set by the ordinance. The annual fee for the permit is $50 for residents aged 16 to 61 and $40 for those aged 62 and over. The first permit issued will be valid until September 30, 2023. When the permit is renewed in 2023, it is valid for one year from October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024, according to the order.

Permits will be issued by the Effingham Police Department Records Division Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Effingham Police Chief Jason McFarland.

A golf cart license holder must be a resident of Effingham who lives within the corporate town limits. Golf carts must be insured and golf cart drivers must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid motor vehicle driver’s license including photo and date of birth to verify identity.

The permit holder will receive a copy of the Golf Cart Regulations and a map will be provided showing the streets and lanes where golf carts may be operated under the jurisdiction and control of the Town of Effingham where the speed limit displayed is 30 mph or less. The map also shows lanes and restricted roads that have a speed limit above 30 mph that golf carts are not permitted to use. A direct perpendicular crossing of some busy streets is also shown on the map.

Some of the criteria that must be met before a golf cart is permitted include brakes, steering gear, tires, rearview mirror, a red reflective warning device on the front and rear of the golf cart, a slow emblem as required by state law is to be affixed to the rear of the golf cart, a headlight that emits a white light visible at least 500 feet from the front of the golf cart, a rear light that emits a red light visible at least 100 feet from the rear of the golf cart, brake lights on the rear of the golf cart, turn signals on the front and rear rear of the golf cart and seat belts for all occupants and child restraints, if equipped.

Other requirements of the ordinance require that a golf cart have lights and taillights on at all times, that it meets vehicle code, and that the golf cart cannot be used to tow a trailer. , equipment or device.

Mayor Mike Schutzbach, Commissioner Libby Moeller and Commissioner Larry Micenheimer voted for the ordinance, while Commissioners Hank Stephens and Merv Gillenwater voted against.

Charles Mills can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 618-510-9226 or 217-347-7151 ext. 300126.