GEM by Rider X
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There are golf carts, and then there are street legal golf carts (although in the industry, we refer to these efficient vehicles as golf cars). So what’s the big difference? Quite a bit. Regular golf carts are designed specifically for the green; a place where you rarely see or pass full-sized motor vehicles. Street legal golf carts were made for more. Whether you’re looking to cruise the neighborhood or take a short drive, these special vehicles offer a more environmentally (and money) friendly alternative to getting you from point A to point B. These vehicles are a rising trend among suburbs and large neighborhoods because they can be used both privately and on public roads with a speed limit at or below 35 miles per hour.
What is a Street Legal Golf Cart?
So what is a street legal golf cart, exactly? And how does it differ from your regular golf cart? Street legal golf carts include several built-in features added to make it suitable for use on low speed streets, such as those within your neighborhood or even on public highways. In order to qualify as “street legal,” your golf cart (or “golf car”) must adhere to Florida’s laws. These rules are the same ones applied to Low-Speed Vehicles (LSV’s) and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV’s).
What are the Florida Laws for Street Legal Golf Carts?
Keep in mind that the laws for street legal golf carts or street legal golf cars can vary from state-to-state. Whether you’re a Florida resident or a tourist, you must abide by the particular laws and regulations established by the state in which the street legal golf cart is used. You will know if your golf cart qualifies as a street legal vehicle or is suited for street use if it meets the definition below.
Street legal vehicles are defined by Florida Statute 320.01(42) as “any four-wheeled electric vehicles whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour but not greater than 25 miles per hour.” This includes Low Speed Vehicles such as Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV). Golf carts that are not considered low speed vehicles are prohibited from operation on roads with a few exceptions detailed in s. 316.212. As with motor vehicles, low speed vehicles are subject to a license tax, which is the same as that prescribed in Florida Statute s. 320.08- for non-electrically powered vehicles.
Street legal golf cars are limited to a maximum speed of 25 mile per hour and typically can reach an average driving range of 60 miles per charge. A hybrid between a golf cart and an on-road vehicle, street legal golf cars have several required features:
Requirements for Street Legal golf carts in Florida include:
- Head Lamps/Stop Lamps
- Turn Signal Lamps
- Tail Lamps
- Reflex Reflectors
- Parking Brakes
- Rear-view Mirrors
- Seat Belts
- Vehicle Identification numbers
Florida NEV’s and low speed vehicles are prohibited from operation on roads with posted speed limits above 35 miles per hour however they are allowed to cross roads that have higher speed limits. That being said, a county or municipality is entitled to prohibit the use of street legal golf carts or LSV’s on any road in its jurisdiction, as is the Department of Transportation. Always be sure to check with your local laws and community for specific information about their policies. Laws for street legal vehicles vary by state and county, but Gator Golf Cars can help you find the right golf cart for your needs and location!
Choosing the Right Street Legal Golf Cart for Your Use
Some street legal golf carts or golf cars are for recreational use. Others are made to work, and their function and purpose can be unique to the job. That’s why we don’t believe in “one size fits all.” On top of Florida’s specific requirements, Gator Golf Cars in Naples and Fort Myers can provide you with specific street legal golf cart customization options.
From open and closed beds, to cargo bodies, lighting, and aesthetic modifications, we can create a custom golf cart or commercial vehicle designed to suit your needs and brand. Need a street legal golf cart designed specifically for transportation and taxiing people to and fro? Consider a model with additional seating. Have a job that requires carrying heavy or bulky loads? Street legal golf carts and golf cars with open and closed bed options are perfect for maintenance work and other hands-on jobs. We also have different tire options depending on the preferred terrain of your vehicle.
You can also jazz it up with radio installs, horns, coolers, storage, lift kits, and more! Simply stop on by our Gator Golf Cart showrooms in Fort Myers or Naples. We can help get you into the perfect street legal golf cart model or our service department can modify your vehicle with a street legal kit and various custom options catered to your preferences.
Looking for a Street Legal Golf Cart Dealer in Florida?
Simply give us a call or stop by one of our Naples or Fort Myers showrooms. We sell the safest, most reliable golf car options in the industry! Gator Golf Cars serves a broad range of communities across Naples, Estero, and Fort Myers.
Have a question on your Street Legal Golf Cart or interested? Give us a call today or visit our showrooms!