As Horizon West continues to grow and more businesses open, golf carts are becoming a more popular option for residents to make short trips. However, new residents may not be familiar with the golf cart rules in Horizon West and Orange County. Specific laws in Orange County for golf carts are outlined in Section 21 Article IX of Orange County Code.
Can golf carts be driven on a sidewalk?
No, golf carts and low speed vehicles are never permitted to be driven on a sidewalk or multi purpose trail.
Can golf carts be driven on streets?
No, golf carts are not permitted to be driven on any street in Orange County, unless designated by the Board of County Commissioners. Owners wishing to drive their golf cart on streets must upgrade their cart to be a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV).
What are the requirements for a golf cart to be a Low Speed Vehicle?
Low Speed Vehicles are permitted to drive on roads with a 35mph speed limit or less, and must meet other requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Golf carts must be equipped with:
- Front and rear turn signals;
- Stop lamps;
- Tail lamps;
- Reflex reflectors, red – one each side and one on the rear;
- Exterior mirror on the driver side and an interior rear-view mirror or exterior mirror on passenger side;
- Parking brake;
- Seat belt for each designated seat; and a
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
To title and register a LSV, owners then need to supply the following to a Motor Service Vehicle Center.
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
- Application for Title
- Proof of Florida insurance
- Identification – driver license, ID card or passport
Additional rules and regulations may apply, and laws vary from localities and rules may differ between Unincorporated Orange County, City of Winter Garden, and City of Windermere.
As more Low Speed Vehicles take the road in Horizon West, Orange County recently added new Low Speed Vehicle caution signs in the Hamlin driver to be alert of these vehicles.
Golf Cart owners in Horizon West have formed the Horizon West Golf Cart Club to organize and help each other with this process.
Join our group and let your voice be heard!
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