It is not uncommon to see someone in a golf cart going from place to place. Did you know that there are certain sections of the Texas Transportation Code which regulate the operation of golf carts? The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has provided a nice summary of the dos and don’ts for golf carts. Violation of the relevant sections of the Code is a Class C misdemeanor and the Sheriff’s Office will respond to complaints of illegal operation and take enforcement action when appropriate. Below is a summary of the rules related to the operation of golf carts and the related section.
· A valid Driver’s License is required to operate a golf cart on a public roadway. (521.021)
· You cannot authorize your child to operate the golf cart on the roadway unless he has a Learner’s Permit and you are with him or he has a valid Driver’s License. (521.021)
· You may drive the golf cart on the roadway but only during the daylight hours and not more than two miles from where the golf cart is usually kept. (551.043)
· Insurance is not required, but an operator would still be liable for damages. (601.052)
· Lights, brake lights, turn signals, etc. are not required; however, do make for a safer driving experience.
· A golf cart should only carry the number of passengers for which it was designed.
· Under no circumstances may any unauthorized golf carts or utility vehicles be operated on sidewalks.
· Golf carts may not be operated on trails or water retention areas owned by the Municipal Utility District. Operation of any motorized vehicle on these areas is a violation of the Texas Water Code. (Class C Misdemeanor)
· Operation of any unauthorized motorized vehicle is not permitted on any Association property.
Please be courteous to your neighbors on the road and always keep safety in mind when driving.