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Rs 32:299.4 Golf Carts; Safety Equipment Requirements; Exemptions; Registration

§299.4. Golf carts; safety equipment requirements; exemptions; registration

A. "Golf cart" means an electric four-wheeled vehicle originally intended for use off-road on golf courses and other green spaces whose maximum speed is twenty-five miles per


B. The operation of a golf cart upon the public roads or streets of this state is

prohibited, except as otherwise provided in this Subsection:

(1) A golf cart may be operated only upon a parish road that has been designated by

a parish or a municipal street that has been designated by a municipality for use by a golf

cart. Upon a designation that a golf cart may be operated on a designated road or street, the

responsible governmental entity shall post appropriate signage indicating that such operation

is authorized.

(2) A golf cart may be used to cross a part of a state highway where a golf course is

constructed on both sides of the state highway if the Department of Transportation and

Development has issued a permit for the crossing.

C. A golf cart operated on a parish road or municipal street shall be equipped with

efficient brakes, a reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red

reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Such golf cart shall

also be equipped with headlamps, front and rear turn signal lamps, tail lamps, and brake


D. Any golf cart operated upon a parish road or municipal street shall be registered

with the state of Louisiana through the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office

of motor vehicles, as an off-road vehicle and shall display a decal issued by the office of

motor vehicles.

E. No person shall operate a golf cart upon a parish road or municipal street without

a valid driver's license.

F. Any golf cart operated upon a parish road or municipal street shall have liability

insurance with the same minimum limits as required by the provisions of R.S. 32:900(B).

G.(1) A parish or municipal government may enact an ordinance relating to golf cart

operation and require equipment which is more extensive than those enumerated in this

Section. Upon enactment of such ordinance, the parish or municipal government shall post

appropriate signage or otherwise inform residents that such an ordinance exists and that it

will be enforced within the parish or municipal government's jurisdictional territory.

(2) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, any parish or municipal

ordinance that was in effect prior to January 1, 2015, shall be exempt from the requirements

of this Section.

(3) Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to prohibit parish or

municipal governments from prohibiting the operation of any golf cart on any parish road or

municipal street under its jurisdiction if such parish or municipal government determines that

such prohibition is necessary for the safety of the motoring public.

H. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, shall

promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act,

subject to oversight by the House and Senate committees on transportation, highways and

public works, as necessary to implement the provisions of this Section. Such rules and

regulations shall become effective no later than January 15, 2016.

Acts 2015, No. 308, §1.

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Local Government
John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802