Hattiesburg officials pass golf cart ordinance

For about a month, Hattiesburg City Council Speaker Jeffrey George and Hunter White — who is the City of Hattiesburg’s engineering project manager — worked on an ordinance that would regulate the use of golf carts in the city, especially on the roads they might be. leads.

After presenting the ordinance to council members for consideration in early August, this document was unanimously adopted at last week’s council meeting. The regulations come into effect on September 15.

I’m extremely pleased to see the Golf Cart Ordinance officially passed by City Council, and I can’t wait for it to come into effect,” said George. “From the beginning, our main priority was the safety of our residents and those who choose to use golf carts to get around our city.

“So I think what people will see is that this order emphasizes ensuring that every golf cart has the necessary equipment to be as safe as possible on our roads.”

The first condition set forth by the ordinance is that a “golf cart” is defined as a motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured to operate on a golf course, cannot exceed 20 miles per hour and has all necessary safety equipment. “Low-speed vehicle” is defined as any four-wheeled electric or gasoline-powered vehicle with a maximum speed greater than 20 miles per hour but less than 25 miles per hour.

Every golf cart and low-speed vehicle intended for use on a public highway or city street will be required to be presented to the Clerk’s Office at Hattiesburg City Hall, in which case the owner will receive a sticker for the cart. Fees will be paid into the city’s general fund.

Any driver or operator of any of the vehicles described must have a valid driver’s license and insurance.

“I know a lot of people were worried about that,” George said. “It’s something that’s important to our residents, and with what state law says, we had to make sure it was there.”

Registered golf carts and low-speed vehicles may be operated on public roads and streets in the city, except those that are Mississippi Department of Transportation highways or those with a speed limit of over 30 miles per hour. Drivers are required to use only the outside lane of multi-lane streets and highways, and crossing is permitted only at an established level crossing or designated stop sign.

Golf carts and low-speed vehicles will not be permitted within the barricaded boundaries of any festival, event or road closure where typical vehicular traffic is prohibited.

“I think one thing that a lot of people need to understand is that state law describes pretty much exactly what they expect municipalities to do when they pass these ordinances,” George said. “So we didn’t have a lot of leeway to make decisions on certain things, but we were able to decide on the registration process and how much the registration fee is, and then how we want to determine which roads would be off limits. golf carts.

“These things, I think, are good processes and reasonable things that everyone will be able to understand.”