Some trends in this latest regulation roundup:
- Continued passage of ordinances allowing LSVs and/or golf cars on local streets
- Municipalities considering regulations that will allow the use of LSVs as taxis or rental vehicles
- Trends towards expansion or restriction, depending on the locality, regarding the use of UTVs and/or mini-trucks on public streets
Illinois – Effective January 2010 Illinois will allow low-speed vehicles on any road with a posted limit of 30 mph or lower, effective January 2010. Previously, individual communities had to adopt laws to permit the use of low-speed vehicles on local roads.
Orting, WA – Passed an ordinance to allow golf cars on city streets as part of a one year pilot program.
Manhattan, KS – Amendment allows citizens may operate golf carts and “work-site utility vehicles” on city streets marked with speed limits of 30 mph or less.
Austin, TX – City officials considering legislation that would allow the use of LSVs as taxis in downtown area.
Austin, MN – Responding to farmer requests, Mower County officials drafted an ordinance that allows the use of mini-trucks on county and township roads.
Ocean City, NJ – City council voted to allow local business to rent out LSVs.
Wisconsin – Two representatives from the state legislature are sponsoring a bill to allow the use of light utility vehicles on some public roads for agricultural purposes.
West Vancouver, CA – City officials pass ordinance allowing NEVs to be used on roads with speed limits of 50 km/hr or less.
Hamlin, West Virginia – Town council approved the changes to the town’s ordinance dealing with ATVs, utility-terrain-vehicles (UTVs) and off-road motorcycles that specifically prohibits the operation of the vehicles on any streets.
Oregon – Rule change requires that as of January 1, 2010 anyone under 18 years old riding in an off-highway vehicle such as a side by side will have to wear a helmet.