GOLF CARTS UPDATE: Please be aware that even if you possess a valid drivers license, it is illegal to operate a golf cart in Vintage Township due to the laws below. The HOA does not enforce the laws regarding the use of golf carts.
TEXAS CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC LAW
“A ‘golf cart’, as defined in Section 502.001 (18) of the Texas Transportation Code, is a motor vehicle designed by the manufacturer primarily for use on a golf course. THEREFORE a Driver’s License is REQUIRED to operate a motor vehicle on any public roadway.”
Section 551.403 Limited Operation.
(a) An operator may operate a golf cart:
(1) In a master planned community:
(A) That has in place a uniform set of restrictive covenants; and
(B) For which a county or municipality has approved a plat;
(2) On a public or private beach; or
(3) On a public highway for which the posted speed limit is not more than 35 miles per hour, if the golf cart is operated:
(A) During the daytime; and
(B) Not more than two miles from the location where the golf cart is usually parked and for transportation to or from a golf course.
(b) The Texas Department of Transportation or a county or municipality may prohibit the operation of a golf cart on a public highway if the department or the governing body of the county or municipality determines that the prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.
The nearest golf course from Vintage Township is Lakeridge Country Club with a distance of 2.8 miles.
City Ordinance as well as Texas Transportation Code have separate laws in place concerning Golf Carts Used by Businesses for Package Delivery. (i.e. UPS, FED EX, etc…) but this will not have any bearing on the laws in place as described above.
Section 5455.352. Prima Facie Speed Limits.
(a) A speed in excess of the limits established by Subsection (b) or under another provision of this subchapter is prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable and prudent and that the speed is unlawful.
(b) Unless a special hazard exists that requires a slower speed for compliance with Section 545.351(b), the following speeds are lawful:
(1) 30 miles per hour in an urban district on a street other than an alley and 15 miles per hour in an ALLEY.
Thank you to Tommy Prumer for providing us with this valuable information
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