Golf Cart Guidelines
Wellington’s Golf Cart Ordinance 2021-10 is effective March 28, 2022.
The Wellington Golf Cart Ordinance does NOT regulate golf cart use within gated communities or on private or semi-private property, including retail parking lots and private roads.
Why do we need a Golf Cart Ordinance?
Pursuant Florida Statute 316.212, a golf cart may be operated only upon a municipal street that has been designated by the municipality for use by golf carts.
Golf Cart Operation Rules
- Persons 14 years and older are allowed to drive a golf cart on Designated Village Roads
(located within residential neighborhoods) pursuant to section 316.212 Florida Statute
- Persons who possess a valid driver’s license or learner’s driver’s license may operate a golf cart on Designated Multi Modal Pathways
- Yield: Any person operating a golf cart upon a designated multi modal pathway MUST YIELD the right-of-way, by slowing down, stopping, or pulling off the pathway, if need be, to pedestrians, bicyclists, horses, and all other travelers at ALL times
- Failure to yield or “bulldozing” pedestrians or bicyclists off the pathway will not be tolerated
- It is important that you never drive a golf cart in a reckless or careless manner
- The speed limit for golf carts on designated Village roads is 25 mph and on designated multi modal pathways is 15 mph
- Golf cart occupancy is limited to the number of seats provided by the manufacturer, except children under the age of 7 may ride on the lap of the an adult passenger (not the driver)
- Golf carts can only be driven between sunrise and sunset unless the golf cart is equipped with nighttime safety equipment
- Golf cart drivers must make complete stops at stop signs and follow all motor vehicle traffic laws
- Low-Speed Vehicles that have received a state issued license are NOT allowed on designated multi modal pathways
Golf Cart vs. a Low-Speed vehicle
A golf cart is a motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes.
Low-speed vehicles are required to have a license plate and must be registered, insured, and titled. They may be driven on roads with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less but may NOT be driven on Village designated multi modal pathways.
Golf Cart Safety Equipment
- Efficient Brakes
- Reliable Steering Apparatus
- Safe Tires
- Rearview Mirror
- Red Reflectorized Warning Devices in Front and Rear
Nighttime Safety Equipment
Required for golf cart operation between sunrise and sunset.
- Brake Lights
- Turn Signals
multi-modal pathways vs. Designate Village Roads
DESIGNATED AREAS OF OPERATION
Where are Golf Carts Allowed?
- Designated Village Roads
- Designated Multi Modal Pathways
- Authorized Golf Cart Crossings
Where are Golf Carts NOT Allowed?
- On any road with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour or more
- Pierson Rd, Forest Hill Blvd, S State Rd 7/441
(including crossing SR7/441)
- Equestrian Trails
What is a Designated Village Road?
A Designated Village Road is a road or portion of the road where golf carts are allowed to operate. These roads are located within residential neighborhoods. A designated Village road meets all of the following criteria:
- It has a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less
- It is marked with signs indicating that it is a designated Village road
What is a Designated Multi Modal Pathway?
A Designated Multi Modal Pathway is NOT a typical 4-5 foot wide sidewalk found within a residential neighborhood. It is a wider pathway approved for use by pedestrians, bicycles, and golf carts. A designated multi modal pathway meets all of the following criteria:
- It is a minimum of 8 feet wide
- It is paved
- It is located adjacent to one of the collector roads identified by the Village
- It is marked by the Village with signs indicating that it is a designated multi modal pathway
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