Neighbourhood Golf Carts
Effective September 2016, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has authorized a pilot project to allow golf carts to operate on certain approved local roads in the Town of Qualicum Beach and the Village of Chase. The golf carts must meet certain operating and vehicle requirements to be considered a neighbourhood golf cart.
This pilot is part of the ministry’s commitment to work with ICBC to explore opportunities to allow drivers more choices to use slow-moving vehicles in smaller communities as outlined in B.C. on the Move, A 10-Year Transportation Plan. Even as our population ages, there is still the expectation that people can move about freely. In smaller communities, people are interested in utilizing new vehicle technologies to make short trips on low volume roads while not being constrained to driving an automobile.
This pilot project will allow us to make sure that the conditions work and that we can accommodate neighbourhood golf carts safely. We will assess the project for up to two years. This will give us time to work with municipalities and to obtain feedback from the community to determine whether the project can be expanded to other locations.
Neighbourhood golf carts must
- Only be driven on municipal roads that are authorized, signed and designated for neighbourhood golf carts with maximum speed limits of 30km/h
- Be insured through ICBC
- Have a permit issued by the municipality
- Be operated by a licensed driver
- Not carry passengers under 9 years of age
- Only be operated during daylight hours and when the roads are free of ice, snow and slush
Insurance and Licensing
ICBC basic insurance will be required and will be available through Autoplan Brokers. We do not know the exact premiums at this time. ICBC will be applying to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for the premium. A decision is anticipated in September.
Neighbourhood golf carts must have
- 2 - 4 seats
- A steering wheel
- Service brakes
- Parking or emergency brakes
- A rear-view mirror
- A horn
- Good quality tires
- Day time running lights
- Turn signals
- Brake lights
- Not exceed a maximum 32 km/h speed rating
Retro-fitting a golf cart
- Parts needed to retro-fit a golf cart can be purchased from various golf cart retailers and service providers.
Rules and Penalites
Neighbourhood golf carts in approved areas are considered motor vehicles and their operators/drivers are subject to the same rules and regulations as with other vehicles. Outside of approved areas, golf carts are not permitted on roadways and highways.
Participating municipalities will be required to install specific road signs to alert drivers of the Neighbourhood Golf Cart zone.