Randolph County, Missouri passes golf cart friendly law

Golf carts Randolph County Missouri

According to centralmoinfo.com, Missouri’s Moberly City Council recently passed a law allowing residents of Moberly to drive golf carts and other utility vehicles on city roads.

In order to drive golf carts and other utility vehicles on main roads, residents must purchase a permit to sure all safety standards are met on the vehicle.

Randolph County has followed suit and authorized a very similar ordinance on the countywide level. An amended ordinance was presented at the Moberly City Council meeting Monday night, which will allow Moberly residents to only purchase a permit from Randolph County. According to City Manager, Brian Crane, this will cut down on unnecessary bureaucracy and costs for those wishing to drive golf carts and utility vehicles in the city and county.

Originally, the ordinance had outlined the requirements to drive one of these vehicles on public roads. Some of these include:

    1. The driver must be 16 years old and have a valid operator’s license.
    2. The vehicles must have functioning roll over bar and seat belts for the drivers and all the passengers.
    3. Each vehicle is also required to have safety flag and slow-moving vehicle sign on the rear.
    4. Unless the vehicle has functioning headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals, then they cannot be operated between sunset and sunrise.

Randolph County Presiding Commissioner John Truesdell stated that the next step for the county commission is convincing other towns throughout the county to take on the ordinance as well. He believes that the long-term plan for the county is to have neighboring counties adopt similar ordinances.

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Truesdell said that the next step for the county commission is to eventually have it where Randolph County residents can drive a golf cart of UTV to Mark Twain Lake. He said there are roughly eight thousand UTVs in the county and that the commission wanted to make it to where Randolph County residents and visitors could use these vehicles for recreation.

Truesdell believes this ordinance will help increase tourism in Randolph County and possibly stimulate smaller businesses. Truesdall stated that the country was grateful for Moberly for passing the original ordinance. He believes that it should be easy to convince other towns in the county to adopt this ordinance since the largest city, Moberly, is participating.