Sep. 13, 2019 — Updated
By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Residents in Huron Township can now legally drive golf carts on certain streets after a resolution was passed by the Board of Trustees during Wednesday’s meeting.
With the approval of the resolution comes important rules that a golf cart operator must follow, though.
Rule one: you must be at least 16-years-old and have a valid driver’s license if you want to drive a golf cart.
The operator of a golf cart also needs to comply with the signal requirements of MCL 257.648, those that apply to the operation of regular motor vehicles, which includes signals for stopping or turning.
Having electronic signals on the carts is not required, but drivers should use the proper hand signals for their intention on the road.
There are also certain areas where golf carts are prohibited.
“It is important that golf cart operators know the limits of this resolution, especially as it relates to allowed areas operation as well as the age and licensing requirements,” said Everette Robbins, public safety director.
Golf cart speed cannot exceed 15 miles per hour, and it cannot be operated on a highway or street with a speed limit of more than 30 miles per hour, except to cross that highway or street.
“I have had many conversations over the past several years with residents about the use of golf carts in our Township. My hope was to find a solution that not only met the needs of needs of the community, but also kept in mind the safety of both the operator and the public. I think this resolution drafted by our township attorney and passed by the township board accomplishes both of those objectives,” he said.
If you plan to drive a golf cart, you should read the full list of regulations for usage in Huron Township by viewing the documents below:
“I am glad that we could work with our resident community partners and come up with a solution that fits the type of community that we live in,” Robbins said.