Golf carts now allowed on city streets in Huber Heights

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HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s official. Huber Heights residents can now take their golf carts out for a spin on city roads – but there are a few rules.

The City Council, Monday night, approved an ordinance allowing drivers to hit the streets with their registered and licensed golf carts – allowing some 50 golf cart owners in Huber Heights to cruise around town

“We’ve seen this as kind of a trending topic,” council member Richard Shaw said. “So you won’t be seeing these traveling up and down Troy or Brant, or on 70 or anything like that.”

But before you hit the road, there are a few rules outlined by the Ordinance:

  • Must be a licensed driver.
  • The Golf Cart must have valid insurance and be registered/titled with the BMV.
  • The Golf Cart must be inspected by the Huber Heights Police Department.
  • No person shall operate a golf cart on sidewalks.
  • No golf carts shall be permitted to travel on any City street where the speed limit is greater than 25 mph.

“So you won’t be seeing these traveling up and down Troy or Brant, or on 70 or anything like that,” Shaw said.

As for the golf cart, itself, there’s also a few rules:

  • Two working headlights.
  • At least one working taillight and one working brake light.
  • Directional signals.
  • A rearview mirror.
  • A white light illuminating the rear license plate legible from a distance of 50 feet.
  • A working horn.
  • Windshield made of glass or safety glass.
  • Two license plates; one in the front and one in the rear; bracketed to the cart.
  • One seat belt per occupant.

Proponents say golf carts can be used for things like dropping kids off at bus stops or easier transportation for the elderly.

“Plus, there are a lot of businesses – the biggest one is Walmart, where people can actually go to on golf carts,” Shaw said.

According to Shaw, the use of Golf Carts on City Streets will allow residents to visit more than 50 businesses within the community.

The council voted 5-2 in favor of the measure to ‘Set Forth Golf Cart Inspection Procedures and Permitting the Use of Golf Carts on City Streets’.

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