Golf cart 101
A "Golf cart" is a motor vehicle that has not less than three wheels in contact with the ground, that has an unladen weight of less than one thousand eight hundred pounds, that is designed to be and is operated at not more than twenty-five miles per hour and that is designed to carry not more than four persons including the driver.
- State law prohibits the use of vehicles on sidewalks except on a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
- Queen Creek Town Code (Section 11-2-14) states that no person shall operate a motor vehicle upon the private property of another or upon public property which is not held open to the public for vehicle use, without permission from the owner of the property or the person who is entitled to immediate possession thereof, or the authorized agent of either.
Required items for public roadway operations:
- Brakes (ARS 28-952)
- Two headlights (ARS 28-924)
- Horn (ARS 28-954)
- License plate light (ARS 28-925)
- Tail lights (ARS 28-925)
- Rear view mirror (ARS 28-956; required only of the vehicle is constructed or loaded in a manner that obstructs the driver's view to the rear; If the vehicle meets the definition of ATV as listed in ARS 28-101.3, at least one mirror is required)
- Reflectors (either as a part of the tail lamps or separately; ARS 28-926)
- Brake/Stop lights (ARS 28-927)
- Windshield (ARS 28-957.01; required if the golf cart is manufactured or modified after June 17, 1998)
- Arizona law requires motor vehicle operators, including golf cart operators, to carry liability insurance on their vehicles. As of August, 2010, minimum liability insurance requirements are $10,000 in property damage and $15,000 in bodily injury.
- Federal law says that each state, including Arizona, can make its own laws regarding golf carts only if the golf carts are incapable of exceeding speeds of 25 miles per hour. Thus, golf carts may not be manufactured that are capable of exceeding this speed or modified to go faster than 25 miles per hour. To comply with this regulation, Arizona sets a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour for golf carts and bans them from roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or higher.
- Arizona law states a motor vehicle (golf cart) shall not operated, moved, or left standing on a roadway unless the motor vehicle has been registered for the current registration year or is properly registered for the current registration year by the state or country of which the owner or lessee is a resident.
- Arizona law states that a person shall not drive a motor vehicle (golf cart)on a roadway without a valid driver license and proper endorsement.
Note: There is a new law that allows a person in an age-restricted community in an unincorporated area of a county with a population of more than 3 million people to drive a golf cart or neighborhood electric vehicle as close to the right-hand edge of a roadway as practical. However, this does not apply to Queen Creek.