Q: Dan Marbut from Menifee recently bought an electric golf cart and had a street legal kit installed. This included the addition of turn signals, indicators, high and low beams, brake lights and a rear-view mirror. Marbut asked what else it would take to be able to drive the golf cart down the cobbled streets to local places such as the bank and the grocery store. He also asked if he should register the golf cart with the Department of Motor Vehicles and, if so, what documents would be required.
A: Registering a golf cart for street use is optional and the use of golf carts on the roads is subject to local regulations, DMV spokeswoman Kimberly Keyes said. A golf cart is strictly defined in the Vehicle Code as a “motor vehicle having at least three wheels in contact with the ground”, weighs less than 1,300 pounds when not carrying a load, and is designed for use at 15 mph or less. and is “designed to carry golf equipment and no more than two people, including the driver,” Keyes said.
Golf carts that have been modified and no longer meet the legal definition of a golf cart may not be registered for street use and can only be registered for off-road use, Keyes said. An example of an illegal modification would be to increase the speed so the cart can go faster than 15 mph.
The California Vehicle Code states that golf carts can be used legally on streets where the maximum posted speed limit is 25 mph, Sgt. Matthew Bloch of the Menifee Police Department. If our reader wants to drive down such a street, Bloch said, the golf cart can’t be modified to go faster than 15 mph, as Keyes noted.
The golf cart should be equipped with headlights, brake lights, driver and passenger seat belts, windshield reflectors, side mirrors and a rearview mirror, Bloch said. If it has all of these things, the golf cart can only be driven on city streets with a posted maximum speed limit of 25 mph during the day, specifically between half an hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset, Bloch said. So no night driving. In addition, the driver must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
Before our reader takes his golf cart out on the streets of Menifee, it would be a good idea for him to check the speed limit of the streets he intends to drive on. Residential streets mostly have 25mph speed limits, Bloch said.
Q: Janet Simington of Riverside said her driver’s license shows she must wear glasses. Simington said she had had cataract surgery in both eyes since getting her license and wanted to know how to get that requirement removed from her licence.
A: If a driver in California wants to remove the corrective lens restriction from their license, they must submit a driver’s license card application that says “Correct or update a card,” DMV spokeswoman Angelica Martinez said. Once at the office, a DMV representative will perform a vision screening for the driver. The permit displaying the restriction must be surrendered if a new provisional permit is issued. “As certain progressive conditions affect a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, it is important to note that the client must meet the vision screening standard. Additionally, the client must not have any other vision restrictions or conditions that require a test drive or corrective lenses,” Martinez said.
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Editor’s Note: This column has been updated to correct an error. According to the California Vehicle Code, daylight hours are between a half hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset, Menifee Police Sgt. says Matthieu Bloch.