In August 2009, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed a bill allowing street legal golf carts on state roads in Currituck and New Hanover counties. Laws vary according to the type of cart driven, and only street legal carts are allowed on public roads.
Street legal carts are subject to the same requirements as other vehicles and must meet DOT approved requirements including tires, mirrors, lights and reflectors, safety belts, and a windshield and operating windshield wipers. It must also be registered, tagged and inspected.
By ordinance, a county may require the registration of golf carts, charge a fee for the registration, specify who is authorized to operate golf carts, and specify the required equipment load limits, and the hours and methods of operation of golf carts. No person less than 16 years of age may operate a golf cart on a public street, road, or highway.
Date posted: September 14, 2012
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