NS: Dan Marbutt of Menify recently bought an electric golf cart and installed a “street legal” kit. This includes turn signals, flashers, high and low beams, brake lights and a rearview mirror. Marbut asked what more was needed so that he could drive the golf cart on paved roads to local places such as the bank and grocery store. He also asked if he had to register the golf cart with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and if so, what documents would be required.
a: DMV spokeswoman Kimberly Keys said registration of golf carts for use on the road is optional and the operation of golf carts on roadways is subject to local regulations. A golf cart is strictly defined in the Vehicle Code as “a motor vehicle with at least three wheels in contact with the ground” when not carrying loads, it weighs less than 1,300 pounds, and can be driven for 15 miles. Designed to operate at per hour or less. and “is designed to carry golf equipment and not more than two persons, including the driver,” Keys said.
Golf carts that have been modified and no longer meet the legal definition of a golf cart cannot be registered for road use and can only be registered for off-highway use, Keys said. An example of an illegal modification would be to increase the speed so that the car can go faster than 15 mph.
The California Vehicle Code mandates that golf carts can be operated legally on roads that have a maximum speed limit of 25 mph, Sargent said. Matthew Bloch of the Menife Police Department. If our reader wants to drive on such a road, Bloch said, golf carts cannot be modified to go faster than 15 mph, as Keys noted.
Bloch said golf carts would need to be equipped with headlights, brake lights, seatbelts for the driver and passenger, windshield reflectors, side mirrors and rear view mirrors. If it has all of these things, golf carts can only be driven on city streets with a maximum speed limit of 25 mph during daylight hours, specifically, half an hour before sunrise and half an hour before sunset. , Bloch said. So, no night time driving. And, the driver must have a valid driving license and proof of insurance.
Before our reader takes his golf cart out onto the roads in the Manifest, it would be wise for him to check the speed limits on the roads he intends to drive. Bloch said residential roads primarily have a speed limit of 25 mph.
NS: Riverside’s Janet Symington said her driver’s license shows she is required to wear glasses. Symington said she’s had cataract surgery on both eyes since getting the license and wants to know how to remove that requirement from the license.
a: If a driver in California wants to remove the corrective lens restriction from their license, they must submit a driver’s license card application that indicates “correct or update the card,” said Angelica Martinez, a spokeswoman for the DMV. Once in the office, a DMV representative will conduct a vision check for the driver. If a new, interim license is issued, the license showing the restriction must be surrendered. “Since certain progressive conditions affect the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, it is important to note that the customer must meet the vision screening standard. In addition, the customer must not have any other vision restrictions or conditions Those that require a drive test or corrective lenses,” Martinez said.
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