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Golf Cart Permit for the Town of Elkin

On January 8th of 2024, The Town of Elkin adopted an Ordinance to allow Golf Carts on some roads, with stipulations. Below is the newly adopted Ordinance.  

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Ordinance of the Town of Elkin, North Carolina Establishing a Golf Cart Ordinance

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Elkin that Title VII: Traffic Code be hereby amended as follows:

TITLE VII: TRAFFIC CODE

CHAPTER 75:  GOLF CARTS OPERATING ON PUBLIC STREETS

The establishment of a golf cart ordinance is necessary to address the interests of public safety. Golf carts are not designed or manufactured to be used on public streets, roads and highways, hereinafter “road(s),” and the Town of Elkin in no way advocates or endorses their operation on roads. The Town of Elkin, by regulating such operation is merely trying to address obvious safety issues, and adoption of this Ordinance is not to be relied upon as a determination that operation on roads is safe or advisable if done in accordance with this Ordinance. All persons who operate or ride in or upon carts on roads do so at their own risk and peril and must be observant of and attentive to the safety of themselves and others, including their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The Town of Elkin has no liability under any theory of liability for permitting carts to be operated on roads under special legislation granted by the State Legislature. Any person who operates a cart on the roads inside the town limits must first procure liability insurance sufficient to cover the risks involved in using a cart on the roads of the Town of Elkin.

75:01 PURPOSE:        

The purpose of this ordinance shall be to establish a Golf Cart Ordinance within the Town of Elkin to promote the health, safety and welfare of persons operating cart(s) within the Town of Elkin and to protect the safety of their passengers and other users of roads.

75:02 DEFINITIONS:        

For the purpose of this section, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings.

  1. Golf Cart: A vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 MPH. G.S. 20-4.01(12a).
  2. Driver’s License: A valid license issued to operate a motor vehicle issued by North Carolina or any other
  3. Financial Responsibility: Liability insurance coverage on a golf cart in an amount not less than required by North Carolina law for motor vehicles operated on public highways in the State of North
  4. Operator: Only persons 16 years of age or older and holding a valid driver’s license may operate a golf cart on roads inside the town limits of the Town of Elkin.

75:03 RULES AND REGULATIONS:

 This ordinance is to establish guidance in the interest of public safety. Golf carts hereinafter:

  1. Golf carts shall not be operated on or alongside a road with a posted speed limit greater than 25 miles per
  2. Golf carts may cross a road with a posted speed limit of 35mph or less, however, once this segment of road has been transversed, the golf cart is still required to travel only on or along a roadway with a speed limit of 25mph or less. Golf carts must cross in a manner that is the most direct route in order to decrease crossing distance, i.e., no riding along a road with a posted speed limit of 35mph or higher or crossing a road at an angle. Under no circumstance is a golf cart allowed to cross a control access facility other than at bridges which cross over or under a control access
  3. Any person who operates a golf cart must be responsible for all liability associated with operation of the golf cart and must have liability insurance coverage which will cover the use of a golf cart in an amount not less than required by North Carolina law for motor vehicles operated on public highways in the State of North Carolina.
  4. Any person who operates a golf cart must be at least sixteen (16) years of age or older. No person may operate a golf cart unless that person is licensed to drive upon the public streets, roads and highways of North Carolina and then, only in accordance with such valid driver’s license. Golf cart operators must carry their driver’s license on their person at all times while operating a golf cart on public
  5. Any person who operates a golf cart on public streets and roads must adhere to all applicable State and local laws, regulations and ordinances, including but not limited to those banning the possession and use of alcoholic beverages, and all other illegal In addition, no golf cart containing any open container of alcohol shall be operated on public roads.
  6. The operator of the golf cart shall comply with all traffic rules and regulations adopted by the State of North Carolina and the Town of Elkin which governs the operation of motor
  7. An operator may not allow the number of people in the golf cart at any one time to exceed the maximum capacity specified by the manufacturer. The operator shall not allow passengers to ride on any part of a golf cart not designed to carry passengers, such as the part of the golf cart designed to carry golf.   In no instance shall a golf cart be operated at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour. No golf cart may be operated at a speed greater than reasonable and prudent for the existing
  8. Golf carts must be operated at the right edge of the roadway and must yield to all vehicular and pedestrian Golf carts shall not be operated upon any sidewalk.
  9. Golf carts must park in designated parking spaces in such a manner that multiple golf carts can utilize the space. All parking rules and limits apply. No parking on sidewalks is
  10. Golf carts must have basic equipment supplied by the manufacturer, including a vehicle identification or serial number. Such equipment must include all safety devices as installed by said manufacturer, including rear view mirror and a rear triangle reflector of the same type required by North Carolina
  11. Golf carts must be equipped with operating headlights, taillights and brake lights.
    1. Lights must be visible from a distance of 500 feet.
    2. If a mechanical turn signal indicator is not installed, then hand signals are required for
  12. Golf cart must be equipped with a rear triangle reflector.
  13. Golf carts must be equipped with a noise signaling device (horn).

75:04: REGISTRATION, INSPECTION AND FEE PRIOR TO USAGE

  1. All golf carts must complete a golf cart registration application and submit to the Town of Elkin for approval. Before driving on public roads, the operator of a golf cart must have a valid issued golf cart
  2. Each owner must have proof of ownership, and liability insurance, and a completed Waiver of Liability, releasing the Town of Elkin from any liability that may arise as a result of the operation of a golf cart inside the Town of Elkin. These documents must be always in the golf cart while in operation on roads within the town limits.
  3. All golf carts must meet the requirements or minimum standards of safety equipment as set forth above in this
  4. All golf cart operators must present a valid driver/s license while operating a golf cart on a public
  5. The registration sticker shall be valid for no more than one (1) year and must be visible on a golf cart operated on a public
  6. Lost or Stolen Permit/Stickers are the responsibility of the owner and must be replaced before the golf cart is operated on a public

75:05 ENFORCEMENT

  1. A violation of the provisions of this Ordinance shall constitute an infraction in accordance with Chapter 20 of the North Carolina General Statutes, the maximum penalty for which shall be $100 dollars.
  2. A second violation of the provisions of this Ordinance will result in revocation of the permit for a period of one (1) year.
  3. A third violation of the provisions of the Ordinance will result in permanent revocation of the permit and the permit holder will not be allowed to operate another golf cart owned by anyone on roads within the Town of Elkin.
  4. Any violations of this ordinance will be charged to both the owner and operator of the golf cart.

Adopted this 8th day of January, 2024

Mailing Address

Post Office Box 857 Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Street Address

226 North Bridge Street Elkin, North Carolina 28621

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