Missouri warns against allowing golf carts on streets

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | 2:56 p.m. CDT; updated 11:14 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 15, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Cities across the country have approved ordinances allowing golf carts on local roads. But the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Revenue Department are warning that state law might not allow that.

Using golf carts to bum around town became more popular as gas prices climbed, and several Missouri cities have either allowed or considered it in recent months.

The Missouri Revenue Department is responsible for licensing drivers and vehicles. The department on Tuesday warned that state law restricts the types of vehicles that can be used on public roads.

That means only certain golf carts that are designated as "low-speed vehicles" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can be used. Not all golf carts have that designation.


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jason bennett September 2, 2009 | 3:14 p.m.

I think the dor is mad because it is not getting the money to rejester and i realy dont see a promblem with running on the streets as long as you stay off state roads and obay all laws.i thank it is not right to say a old golf cart is not alowed becaused it does not state a slow moving vehicle.this is no more illegell than a patrol
car running radar in passing lane and at a speed of 75-78 miles per hour in a 70 mph posting.And i think it is not wright for city/gov/law to opperate on roadways and not a regular person with a golf cart we are the tax payers.

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Charles Dudley Jr September 2, 2009 | 4:51 p.m.

I knew a handicapped man back in Northern California who used a old Meter Maid Traffic Scooter(gas powered even) to get all over town with and even to other towns close by. He had to have it licensed but he used it just like any other motor vehicle.

The issue with golf carts in maybe no turn signals or other safety devices like a roll cage in case it gets hit.

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