Surf City to consider granting golf carts street access

Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 02:38 PM.

SURF CITY — Motorists in Surf City might have to share the roads in town with golf carts.

The Surf City Town Council on Sept. 3 agreed to hold a public hearing next month on whether to allow golf cart operators to drive throughout the town.

Co-interim Town Manager Joey Rivenbark said town council is considering the matter because of regular requests from property owners to be allowed to drive the carts on the roadways.

“We have calls weekly about golf carts,” he said. “We want to be as safe as we can be. Everything would be abided by the law.”

The town is drafting an ordinance that would require golf carts be street-legal, which means a cart has to have working signal lights, windshield wipers, be insured and operated by a person with a valid drivers license.

Under the proposed ordinance golf carts must be inspected by the town’s police chief and issued an annual sticker to be operated in the town. Town officials are discussing a sticker fee of anywhere from $15 to $25 a year, Rivenbark said.

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