Fort Myers City Council to Discuss Golf Carts Driving on Public Roads

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A popular mode of transportation here in Southwest Florida may soon receive new rules.

The Fort Myers City Council will discuss whether or not to allow golf carts on streets with speed limits below 35 mph.

If passed, we may soon see golf carts on a road near you. Drivers will also need to have a driver’s license and safety lights on board their cart.

Currently in the State of Florida, golf carts are defined in Section 320.01 of the Florida Statutes as “a motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and which does not is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 miles per hour.”

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles advises that golf carts may be operated on roads designated for golf carts with a posted speed limit of 30 mph or less.

FLHSMV also says golf carts are not required to be titled or registered and operators are not required to have a driver’s license. But a driver must be at least 14 years old or older.

They also say that the use of golf carts on the roads must comply with any ordinances issued by the local government. So any decision the Fort Myers City Council decides to make must be followed by the operators.

The city council will discuss the ordinance at its regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

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