Golf Cart Guidelines
Golf Carts when used on golf courses or other private property are typically not equipped with safety equipment because of their need to allow passengers to enter and exit the vehicle frequently with ease.
Golf Carts that are driven onto any roadway surface maintained by the City of Lake Saint Louis, St. Charles County, or the State of Missouri are called "Low Speed Vehicles" in the eyes of the law.
Each operator who operates a low speed vehicle is required to possess a valid drivers license and shall maintain financial responsibility (insurance) on vehicle per Missouri Statutes Chapter 304, Traffic Regulations; Section 304.029
The operator of a low speed vehicle shall observe ALL traffic laws regarding the rules of the road. They CANNOT be driven on any roadway with a speed limit greater than 35 MPH. (Caution- Some roads change limits) The low speed vehicles are NOT allowed to drive on sidewalks, bike paths, walking trails.
Low Speed Vehicles must be in compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards for low-speed vehicles in 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 571.500 they must have the following:
- Front and rear turn signals
- Tail lamps
- Stop lamps
- Reflectors - one red on each side in the rear
- Exterior mirror mounted on drivers side and one on the passenger side or an interior mirror
- Parking brake
- Windshield per 49 CFR 571.205
- VIN that conforms to requirements of 49 CFR 565
- Type 1 or Type 2 seat belt assembly conforming to 49 CFR 571.209
Just like any other vehicles on the road, seatbelts or child restrain seats MUST be used while operating low speed vehicles. This means kids can't ride on your lap.