Wellington to set age of 15 for golf cart drivers on streets and trails

WELLINGTON — Wellington Village Council has reached agreement on a golf cart ordinance that sets a higher minimum driver age than state law.

After intense discussion on Tuesday, village council members set 15 as the minimum age to drive a golf cart on off-road trails.

The ordinance will be read for the second time on August 24. If passed, it will come into force in February, 180 days later.

Wellington has long sought to regulate the use of golf cart drivers and where the carts can travel, noting the risks some say they pose both on the village’s off-road trails and on its busy public streets. Many locals use them to get around the village.

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The Trolleys Ordinance originally allowed drivers from the age of 14

The ordinance originally stated that residents 14 and older were permitted to use golf carts on the Village’s off-road trails. This age aligns with state law allowing people 14 and older to drive golf carts on public roads with a 25 mph speed limit.

Mayor Anne Gerwig said she believes the age restriction on trails should comply with state law because it can help discourage young people from driving on busy roads.

Other council members voiced their opposition to the plan, which was presented by Michael O’Dell, deputy director of planning, zoning and construction for the village.

Council members Michael Napoleone and Tanya Siskind say they believe a person must obtain a driver’s license or a learner’s permit to drive on village trails.

Despite its difference from state law, board members reached an agreement that drivers must have a valid license or learner’s permit, which can be obtained at age 15. They said this change would make enforcement by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office much easier. the law.

Revised ordinance allows driving at night if golf carts are equipped for it

Several other changes were also discussed.

The original order states that golf cart hours are daytime only. Now, a golf cart will be allowed to travel the trails at night provided it is equipped with proper safety features such as headlights, brake lights and a horn.

Regarding capacity, the council also agreed that children aged 7 and under are allowed to ride on an adult’s lap, as long as the adult is not the driver.

Drivers who violate these rules will first receive a warning, then a $50 fine for their second offense and a $100 fine for their third offense, according to the proposed order.

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