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Where and How to Drive Your Street-Legal Golf Cart or Utility Vehicle in Michigan

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implemented a ruling requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 lbs. beginning May 1, 2018. This new ruling applies to golf cart and utility vehicles, as well as the future production of street-legal and utility vehicles including Club Car’s Carryall 510 and 710 Low Speed Vehicle (LSV).

But how do you know if YOUR current off-road utility vehicle is truly equipped for street-legal use? And do you know WHERE and WHEN in Michigan you can drive your golf cart or utility vehicle on the road?

We’ve summarized just a few of the important laws from the State of Michigan Vehicle Code Act 300 regarding the use of a golf cart or similar vehicle on village, city, or township streets. You can read the entire document here http://bit.ly/2t5S2dg

  • A village, city, or township having a population of fewer than 30,000 individuals may by resolution allow the operation of golf carts on the streets of that village or city.
  • A person shall not operate a golf cart on any street unless he or she is at least 16 years old and is licensed to operate a motor vehicle.
  • (The operator of a golf cart shall comply with all signal requirements that apply to the operation of a vehicle.
  • A golf cart shall be operated at a speed not to exceed 15 miles per hour and shall not be operated on a highway or street with a speed limit of more than 30 miles per hour except to cross that highway or street.
  • A golf cart shall not be operated on the streets of a city, village, or township during the time period from 1/2 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise.
  • A golf cart operated on a street of a village, city, or township under this section is not required to be registered under this act for purposes of section 3101 of the insurance code of 1956, 1956 PA 218, MCL 500.3101.
  • A person operating a golf cart upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
  • A person shall not operate a golf cart on a state trunk line highway.
  • A person operating a golf cart shall not pass between lines of traffic, but may pass on the left of traffic moving in his or her direction in the case of a 2-way street or on the left or right of traffic in the case of a 1-way street, in an unoccupied lane.
  • A golf cart shall not be operated on a sidewalk constructed for the use of pedestrians.
  • A true “golf cart” used for golf is not required to meet the vehicle safety requirements of a low-speed vehicle for approval under this section.

According to the map above, these Michigan villages, cities, or townships allow LSV use on public streets. Here is the list as of June 2018; check local regulations to be sure:

  • Albion
  • Bad Axe
  • Centreville
  • Clay Twp.
  • Colon
  • Constantine
  • Eden Twp.
  • Elmira
  • Grand Beach
  • Grass Lake
  • Lawrence
  • Logan Twp.
  • Ludington
  • Luna Pier
  • Marlette
  • Milford
  • Morenci
  • North Muskegon
  • Pentwater
  • Richfield Twp.
  • South Haven
  • Tekonsha
  • Ubly
  • Union

US Golf Cars is Southwest Michigan’s authorized Club Car golf and utility vehicle distributor for Tempo, Onward, XRT, Carryall, and Transporters. Call us today at 1-800-321-9616 if your ride needs additional aftermarket safety items available from our parts/accessories department.

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