One Person Per Seat Law for Low Speed Vehicles

One Person Per Seat Law for Low Speed Vehicles

Only One Person Per Seat When Riding On A Low Speed Vehicle/Street Legal Golf Cart

One Person Per Seat on a Street Legal Golf Cart Rental

In the state of Florida, it is against the law to ride a low-speed vehicle with more than one person per seat.

This law applies to all low-speed vehicles, including Street Legal Golf Carts.

Violators of this law may be subject to a ticket/fine and even some circumstances the vehicle may be impounded.

Riding with more than one person per seat can increase the risk of injury in the event of a collision or rollover.

For these reasons, it is against Florida State Law to ride with more than one person per seat when operating a low-speed vehicle/Street Legal Golf Cart.

To learn more about Golf Cart safety and the rules of the road for Low-Speed Vehicles watch this safety video from Street Legal Golf Carts below!

Street Legal Golf Carts – Do You Have to Wear a Seatbelt?

Street Legal Golf Carts – Do You Have to Wear a Seatbelt?

Street Legal Golf Carts – Do You Have to Wear a Seatbelt?

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Street legal Golf Carts/Low Speed Vehicles are one of the most popular ways people choose to get around in Destin and on 30A, but a lot of people don’t know the rules regarding seatbelts.

So what are the rules for seatbelts on Street Legal Golf Carts?

Do you have to wear a seatbelt?

The simple answer is yes, absolutely you must wear a seatbelt while riding on a Street Legal Golf Cart.

But why you may ask?

Take a look at the image below.

Is this a Golf Cart Or a low Speed Vehicle

While you may see a picture of a Golf Cart. According to Florida Law what you are actually looking at is what’s called a Low-Speed Vehicle.

What is a Low Speed Vehicle?

“ Section 320.01(41), Florida Statutes, defines LSVs as “any four-wheeled vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour, but not greater than 25 miles per hour.” LSVs must be registered, titled, and insured with personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) insurance. “ – FL DMV

While we call our Golf Carts, Street Legal Golf Carts, what they actually are, are Low-Speed Vehicles. Low-Speed Vehicles in the eyes of Florida Law are motorized vehicles. This means the same rules that apply to cars in the state of Florida apply to Low-Speed Vehicles.

This is why seatbelts are not just recommended on Street Legal Golf Cart Rentals. THEY ARE REQUIRED!

To learn more about Golf Cart safety and the rules of the road for Low-Speed Vehicles watch this safety video from Street Legal Golf Carts below!

Street Legal Golf Carts – Can They be Driven on Sidewalks or Bike Paths?

Street Legal Golf Carts – Can They be Driven on Sidewalks or Bike Paths?

Street Legal Golf Carts – Can They be Driven on Sidewalks and Bike Paths?

You see them all up and down 30A and Destin. People driving their street legal golf carts around town whether its for helping doing errands, taking the family to the beach or just out for a Sunday cruise.

If you spend on enough time driving down beach roads such as 30A and Scenic 98 in Destin you will also a lot of people driving their Street Legal Golf Carts in places and on surfaces they aren’t legally allowed too, such as Sidewalks and Bikepaths.

One of the biggest NO NOs when it comes to operating a Street Legal Golf Cart or a Low-Speed Vehicle is that you must keep them on the roadways.

Golf Carts are not allowed on Bikepaths or Sidewalks EVER!

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In the eyes of Florida law Street Legal Golf carts are considered Low-Speed VEHICLES and are not allowed to be driven on sidewalks or bike paths.

Getting caught driving your Street Legal Golf Cart on a sidewalk or bike path can result in a hefty ticket that you the renter are responsible for paying.

So, next time you’re tempted to take your Street Legal Golf Cart for a joyride down the sidewalk or bike path, think twice!

Stick to the roads of 30A and Scenic Highway 98 where Street Legal Golf Carts are permitted and everyone will stay safe and your checkbooks will thank you!

To learn more about Golf Cart safety and the rules of road for Low Speed Vehicles watch this safety video from Street Legal Golf Carts below!

Destin Area Vacation Communities That Don’t Allow Golf Carts

Destin Area Vacation Communities That Don’t Allow Golf Carts

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What’s not to like about golf carts? They are cheaper and more energy efficient than cars, and they are convenient, fun, and easy to drive. But some communities do not allow golf carts, legal or otherwise, or have extremely strict rules regarding who, where, when, and from which company, a golf cart can be used. Please note, you are solely responsible for any citations or fines attached to our rental golf cart during your rental period.

Basically, you can drive on public streets and private streets determine these laws individually. How do you know if you’re on a private road or a public street? There’s a simple trick to knowing for sure: any road with a GREEN street sign is a county maintained road, while any road with a BLUE street sign is privately maintained.

Here is a running list of Destin – 30a area communities that do not allow golf carts or have strict rules about them:

  • WaterColor – Located in Seagrove Beach, this planned beach-and-residential community exudes Southern charm and elegance. Amenities include the WaterColor Beach Club, BoatHouse, and Marina Park and Amphitheater. We cannot service Watercolor, it is limited to only one local company with limited number of carts allowed.
  • WaterSound – This coastal village boasts 3 miles of beaches in South Walton. Homeowners are automatically enrolled in the WaterSound Membership, which includes fitness center, pool, and dock access with options for upgrades for tennis court and golf course access. We service areas surrounding WaterSound but not the actual gated community.
  • Rosemary Beach – Emphasizing neo-traditional values, Rosemary Beach is an elegant planned community that is comprised of a number of public spaces and private homes. Whether you are shopping, dining, or exploring the beach, you can do so in style.
  • Alys Beach – Nestled on the Gulf Coast, this elegant community provides an excellent place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. The architecture has a distinct Caribbean and Latin American flair that adds to the town’s beauty.
  • Seacrest Beach – If you are looking for luxury with Old-World charm, Seacrest Beach is your place. Enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants or kick back on the white sand beach.
  • Seaside – Did you know that Seaside is the location where The Truman Show was shot? A stunning example of New Urbanism, this community has top-notch restaurants and a plethora of fun activities for all ages.
  • Destin Pointe – Located on Holiday Isle, Destin Pointe is an exclusive community. With amenities like a shuffleboard area, fitness facilities, and pools, there’s something for everyone.
  • Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – Named Number 1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin will help you create memories that last a lifetime. Shop, dine, and play in style!
  • Carillon Beach – Whether you want to stay active with water sports or kick-back and relax, Carillon Beach emphasizes the perks of beach living. There are also a number of lakes you can enjoy.
  • Destiny By The Sea – Enjoy views of the emerald waters from this exclusive, gated community that features Mediterranean-style architecture. Truly relax with concierge beach services on the private stretch of beach.
  • Villages of Crystal Beach – Villages of Crystal Beach provides easy access to Destin with its location near the Destin Commons. Enjoy the wonderful landscaping while taking a walk or sip a drink from the tiki bar at the community pool.
  • The Villas at Emerald Dunes – The condos at The Villas at Emerald Dunes overlook the Emerald Dunes Golf Course. Amenities include two clubhouses, a media room, two pools and hot tubs, lighted tennis courts, and more.
  • Grand Caribbean East and West – These two condominium complexes located in Crystal Beach combine the lush vegetation of the area with Old-World charm. This quiet location is the perfect spot for couples.

This list is meant to be exhaustive. If you know of a community that doesn’t allow golf carts, please contact me today.

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What makes a Golf Cart “Street Legal?”

What makes a Golf Cart “Street Legal?”

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There is a lot of misunderstanding around the street legality of golf carts in the state of Florida. In most counties (like Walton County) or local roads, the legality of golf carts is left up to the local municipality. It is safe to say though, in almost all cases the local governing body will post signs on the roads if golf carts are allowed on them.

Florida Law

Florida Statute 316.2122 says, “A low-speed vehicle must be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, taillamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers.”

Additionally, this Florida Statute goes on to say a “Street Legal” golf cart in Destin and Walton County, “…must be registered and insured in accordance with s. 320.02 and titled pursuant to chapter 319. This is the same registration laws governing regular automobiles.

Florida Police

If you happen to get pulled over while driving a golf cart, make sure that you have your insurance and registration available just like you would in a car or a truck. The police officers will be asking for this information. Better yet, don’t get stopped by the police. Follow the same rules of the road you do with the car with the exception of not being allowed to drive on roadways with a speed limit above 35 miles an hour.

Low Speed Vehicles

When it comes to golf carts and street legality there is an important distinction that needs to be made clear. Low speed vehicles (LSVs) and golf carts are treated differently under Florida law, although to look at them both you would probably call both of them golf carts. So what are the differences here?

LSVs are defined by Florida law as a four-wheeled vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 mph but less than 25 mph. LSVs also comply with federal safety standards for vehicles this means things like turn signals, headlights, and mirrors to name a few of the common aspects. As long as you have these proper things like seat belts etc, and the vehicle is registered and insured, it is legal to operate on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. This means anyone operating the LSV must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license. Pretty much the same rules that apply to a normal vehicle apply to LSVs in order to make them street legal.

Golf carts that don’t meet all the safety requirements to be a LSV are not going to be permitted on state roads, but depending on the municipality or town that you are in their use may be allowed in special circumstances. The interesting thing about golf carts is that you only need to be 14 years of age or older to operate these vehicles, but you won’t be able to take them on many main or municipal roads in most cases unless you are registered and insured and comply with all federal safety standards for motor vehicles.

This overview should help when figuring out where you can and can’t take your golf cart or LSV!

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How Old Do You Have To Be To Drive a Street Legal Golf Cart in Destin, FL (and 30A)

How Old Do You Have To Be To Drive a Street Legal Golf Cart in Destin, FL (and 30A)

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If you’re heading out for a vacation in Destin or on State Road 30A in Walton County Florida, and have already thought through all the perks of renting a street-legal golf cart to make your stay more convenient and comfortable, you may now be thinking through the logistics of your stay. If you’ve got teenagers in your family or visiting during your stay, can they take the golf cart and head to the beach on their own? Who can legally drive a street-legal golf cart?

According to Florida Statute 316.2122, “Any person operating a low-speed vehicle or mini truck must have in his or her possession a valid driver license.”

Florida law says that anyone with a valid driver’s license is allowed to operate a “low-speed vehicle,” which is the technical terminology that distinguishes a typical golf cart from a street-legal one. The differences between a regular golf cart and a street-legal golf cart have to do with the equipment that makes it safe for the road such as parking brakes, headlamps, and turn signals. Essentially, street-legal golf carts have been equipped with all of the necessary parts to make sure they can follow the rules of the road.

According to the law, then, people as young as 16 who hold a valid license can drive a street-legal golf cart. However, it gets a little more complicated if you will be renting your golf cart for the duration of your stay. Rental companies are obligated to follow restrictions related to the insurance they carry. Most insurance companies will not allow a 16-year-old to drive the vehicle. To drive our golf carts, all drivers must be 21 years old and possess a current drivers license.

Don’t let this fact discourage you from your rental! If you’ve got teens staying with you who need a lift to the beach, a golf cart piloted by an adult can be a quick way to drop them off without having to take a long walk in the heat and sun.

With all of the options you’ll have of places to visit, eat, dance, and relax, you won’t want your golf cart getting too far away from you anyway!

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