June 24, 2010

ATV, Golf Cart Drivers Reminded of Regulations

The proliferation of golf carts and ATVs as the vehicles of choice for transportation within the city limits of Memphis has led to an increase in the number of citizen complaints.

The Memphis Police Department reminds owners of all such vehicles, that while city ordinance allows golf carts and ATVs to be operated on city streets, they can do so only with a special use permit issued by the city clerk at a cost of $15 annually. The registration decal must be displayed on the vehicle, along with a safety flag that stands no less than seven feet above the ground.

With a number of near accidents reported as well as an increase in reports of property damage done by these types of vehicles on private property, the police department also is reminding the public that city code 340.120 also requires operators of ATVs, golf carts or other utility vehicles on a city street or highway, to have a valid driverís license. Basically this means no one under the age of 16 is to be operating such vehicles on city streets.

This section of the code also declares a 30 mph speed limit and prohibits passengers on ATVs and requires driverís that are not yet 18 to wear a safety helmet.

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