Trophy Club council approves rules for golf carts

Posted Monday, Apr. 29, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Golf cart users in Trophy Club need to keep in mind a new set of conditions for operating these motorized vehicles around town.

The Town Council at its April 22 meeting approved by a 4-1 vote a golf cart ordinance, which takes effect June 1. Before approving the new ordinance, the council made several amendments to the draft ordinance.

“[W]e are incorporating those changes now and finalizing the ordinance language,” said April Reiling, Trophy Club’s public information officer and marketing manager.

The ordinance requires a golf cart owner to have a permit for the vehicle. Also, the driver must comply with all laws applicable to carts and other motor vehicles as outlined in the Texas Transportation Code.

The permit will be valid for two years and carry the following applicable fees: Initial inspection by the police department is $25, which includes the permit/sticker.

Re-inspection by the police if the motorized car fails the initial inspection is $10. Bi-annual permit renewal is $25. A replacement sticker will cost $10.

The inspections can only be done by the police department, and at the time of inspection, an applicant must provide proof liability insurance that meets minimum state requirements.

Residents can either purchase a daytime permit – daytime meaning 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset – or a 24-hour permit.

Daytime equipment required includes headlamps, taillights, side reflectors, stop lamps, a parking break, exterior mirror, windshield, horn and slow-moving emblem. The 24-hour equipment includes all of the items required for daytime operation plus front and rear turn signals.

Permit may be revoked if a permit holder or driver is convicted of three violations within 18 months.

Other items in the ordinance specify where carts are not allowed: sidewalk, pedestrian walkway, jogging path or areas designated for pedestrian traffic.

It also mentions that motorized carts may drive on calming lanes on Trophy Club Drive, Indian Creek and Trophy Wood Drive while being passed by a car or truck.

There’s also certain conditions in which the carts are exempted from the ordinance requirements, such as carts being used within a private or gated community, carts traveling to or from a golf course during the day and carts being used for official city business.

The Trophy Club Police Department plans to hold a golf cart inspection event on May 25, Reiling said.

After the initial registration event, registrations will be conducted Monday through Friday by appointment only, she said.

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