Legal-Ease: Rules for golf carts on streets

Recently, golf carts have become more popular on our city and village streets in Ohio. Operation of golf carts on Ohio streets are subject to unique rules.

Under-speed vehicles like golf carts can use public Ohio roads in certain circumstances, depending upon the location, the condition of the golf cart and the golf cart’s registration.

Golf carts can never be driven on a road with a speed limit of more than 35 mph. The local government must approve golf cart travel on roads and streets for it to be legal to operate. Finally, golf carts must meet several requirements if they’re to be used legally on the street.

In recent years, golf carts have become more popular in travelling up and down our city and village streets. In Ohio, golf carts are categorized as under-speed vehicles along with mini trucks and utility vehicles such as four-wheelers and John Deere gator vehicles. Operation of under-speed vehicles on Ohio streets and roads is subject to unique rules.

Under-speed vehicles used for agricultural purposes are permitted to use public streets and roads if properly marked with traditional, triangular slow-moving vehicle emblems.

Read more about operating golf carts on Ohio roads and streets in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Rules for golf carts on streets

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Rules for golf carts on streets,” by Lee R. Schroeder, June 16, 2018

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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