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PostSubject: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:39 pm

This pertains to Ga.

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Enforcement Policy: Ga.



Golf Carts: Golf carts are considered “motorized carts” pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-1-1 (32) and may be classified as a “slow moving” vehicle pursuant to paragraph (25.1).

Legal Operation of a Golf Cart, ATV or UTV on Public Roadway



As a motorized cart, a golf cart, ATV or UTV may operate on roadways when all of the following elements of law are met:



1) during daylight hours only (O.C.G.A. 40-6-330). May, however, operate at night if they meet the equipment requirements of 49 Code of Federal Registry 571.500; and

2) operate only on a roadway with a posted maximum speed limit of 35 MPH; and

3) must be equipped with an amber strobe light that is visible for 500 feet to the rear and front (O.C.G.A. 40-6-362); and

4) the operator possess a valid drivers license (O.C.G.A. 40-5-20 and Coker v. State, Georgia Court of Appeals. June 13, 2003); and

5) Slow Moving Emblem attached to the rear required [O.C.G.A. 40-8-4 (a) ].



Other Restrictions



6) Impeding the flow of traffic prohibited: a golf cart or other vehicles may not drive “at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.” O.C.G.A. 40-6-184. This would include a golf cart or other slow moving vehicle operating at 20-25 mph in a 35 mph speed zone that impedes or prevents a vehicle from driving the posted speed limit.

7) Children under the age of 6 prohibited from riding as a passenger, for “a child passenger restraining system” shall be provided in all passenger vehicles (O.C.G.A. 48-8-76).



Registration (tag) is not required pursuant to 40-2-20 (exempts motorized carts), and Insurance is not required pursuant to 34-33-2 (Insurance is only required for motor vehicles requiring registration (tag).



Note: County Ordinance 2-13-56 prohibits any motorized conveyance (golf carts, ATV’s, UTV’s, etcetera) from operating on a sidewalk or bicycle path, and 2-11-16 prohibits operation on any beach and other prohibited areas in county parks and property. Law Enforcement exempt.



Manufactured “Slow Moving” Vehicles such as the GEM Electric vehicles: may operate on roadways during all hours that have a posted maximum speed limit of 35 MPH when equipped with an amber strobe light that is visible for 500 feet to the rear and front, and the operator possess a valid drivers license. Gem Electric vehicles are classified as “Low Speed” vehicles and thus are required to have an amber flashing light to warn other motorist of a slow moving vehicle pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-8-35, and are equipped with all required lighting to operate during low or no light conditions (headlights, turn signals, brake lights, running lights) as required by 49 CFR 571.500.



Registration and insurance is required. 40-2-20 only exempts motorized carts.

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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:49 pm

Am I reading this right?? i can get a tempoaray tag??


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09 LC 28 4591ER

House Bill 530
By: Representatives Geisinger of the 48th, Benfield of the 85th, Wilkinson of the 52nd, and Chambers of the 81st


A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT



To amend Title 33 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to insurance, and Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to motor vehicles, so as to regulate medium-speed vehicles; to provide for definitions; to change certain provisions relating to the requirement of compliance with federal safety standards; to provide special provisions for medium-speed vehicles; to provide equipment requirements for medium-speed vehicles; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:


SECTION 1.
Title 33 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to insurance, is amended by revising paragraph (2) of Code Section 33-34-2, relating to definitions regarding motor vehicle accident reparations, as follows:
"(2) 'Motor vehicle' means a vehicle having more than three load-bearing wheels of a kind required to be registered under the laws of this state relating to motor vehicles designed primarily for operation upon the public streets, roads, and highways and driven by power other than muscular power. The term includes a trailer drawn by or attached to such a vehicle and also includes without limitation a low-speed vehicle and a medium-speed vehicle."


SECTION 2.
Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to motor vehicles, is amended by adding a new paragraph to Code Section 40-1-1, relating to definitions regarding motor vehicles, to read as follows:
"(26.1) 'Medium-speed vehicle' means any four-wheeled vehicle, equipped with a roll cage or crush-proof body design, with top speed attainable in one mile is greater than 30 miles per hour but not greater than 35 miles per hour on a paved level surface, is fully enclosed and has at least one door for entry, has a wheel base of 40 inches or greater and a wheel diameter of 10 inches or greater, and, except with respect to maximum speed, otherwise is manufactured in compliance with those federal motor vehicle safety standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. Section 571.500 in effect on January 1, 2009, and successor requirements."


SECTION 3.
Said title is further amended by revising paragraph (41) of Code Section 40-1-1, relating to definitions regarding motor vehicles, as follows:
"(41) 'Passenger car' means every motor vehicle, except motorcycles, motor driven cycles, and low-speed vehicles, and medium-speed vehicles designed for carrying ten passengers or less and used for the transportation of persons."


SECTION 4.
Said title is further amended by revising subsection (b) of Code Section 40-2-31, relating to five-year and annual license plates, as follows:
"(b) Such license plates shall be of metal at least six inches wide and not less than 12 inches in length, except motorcycle license plates which shall be at least four inches wide and not less than seven inches in length, and shall show in bold characters the month and year of expiration, the serial number, and either the full name or the abbreviation of the name of the state, shall designate the county from which the license plate was issued, and shall show such other distinctive markings as in the judgment of the commissioner may be deemed advisable, so as to indicate the class of weight of the vehicle for which the license plate was issued; and any license plate for a low-speed vehicle or medium-speed vehicle shall designate the vehicle as such. Such plates may also bear such figures, characters, letters, or combinations thereof as in the judgment of the commissioner will to the best advantage advertise, popularize, and otherwise promote Georgia as the 'Peach State.' The metal shall be of such strength and quality that the plate shall provide a minimum service period of at least five years. The commissioner shall adopt rules and regulations, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 13 of Title 50, the 'Georgia Administrative Procedure Act,' for the design and issuance of new metal license plates and to implement the other provisions of this Code section."


SECTION 5.
Said title is further amended by revising paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Code Section 40-2-33, relating to issuance of license plates, as follows:
"(2) The commissioner may provide for the issuance of a temporary license plate for any low-speed medium-speed vehicle, to be displayed until such time as a license plate of the design required by Code Section 40-2-31 has been issued to the registrant as a replacement for such temporary license plate; provided, however, that any such temporary license plate shall designate the low-speed medium-speed vehicle as such; and provided, further, that the commissioner shall make available for issuance low-speed medium-speed vehicle license plates of the design required by Code Section 40-2-31 not later than September 1, 2009."


SECTION 6.
Said title is further amended by adding a new part to Article 13 of Chapter 6, relating to special provisions for certain vehicles, to read as follows:


"Part 6


40-6-365.
Every person operating a medium-speed vehicle shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter except as to special regulations in this part and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.


40-6-366.
(a) All medium-speed vehicles are entitled to full use of a lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any medium-speed vehicle of the full use of a lane.
(b) The operator of a medium-speed vehicle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
(c) No person shall operate a medium-speed vehicle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
(d) Medium-speed vehicles shall not be operated two or more abreast in a single lane.


40-6-367.
Medium-speed vehicles shall be operated only on any highway where the posted speed limit does not exceed 35 miles per hour. The operator of a medium-speed vehicle shall not operate such vehicle on any highway where the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour."


SECTION 7.
This Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.


SECTION 8.
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:17 pm

"the commissioner shall make available for issuance low-speed medium-speed vehicle license plates of the design required by Code Section 40-2-31 not later than September 1, 2009."

I'm gonna go by the tag-office tomorrow and do some checking............

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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:20 pm

"is fully enclosed" Does Saran-Wrap count?????

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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:26 pm

You gonna rev limit the RZR to 35 MPH?

If more states continue to allow these "medium-speed" tags, I see a need for a CDI that limits speeds to 35 MPH. Perhaps something switchable, like Hunterworks Tri-Fire with its BIL switch...
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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:39 pm

Just dont get caught going over 35MPH in it. Unless they do an inspection before the tag is given. DontKnow
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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:27 am

A throttle block while on raod will meet the requirements
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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:21 pm

OK, so I realize I'm bringing this thread back from the dead. I've just been doing a bit of research on this topic and found a good thread on another forum. (Please follow the link...It's long, but informative). What concerns me is the age of the thread, although it does end in late 2013 I believe. Any thoughts?

http://www.rzrforums.net/southeast-u-s/23157-street-legal-ga-law-i-think-we-have.html

I have printed all the attached docs from the 1st post, as well as filled an T-22B form out to be signed by a LEO next week. Fingers crossed, I think it would be pretty badass to visit friends and family on the T4.

Also this would allow the speed of the vehicle to exceed 35 mph.
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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:43 pm

Greek I followed that one too. Sorta lost it. Thanks for finding it again. I've been getting by with just the SMV sign, but don't go too far unless it snows..............Then, It does not matter. Let me know what happens!

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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:52 pm

ridepate wrote:
Greek I followed that one too. Sorta lost it. Thanks for finding it again. I've been getting by with just the SMV sign, but don't go too far unless it snows..............Then, It does not matter. Let me know what happens!

Will do. I have a couple LEO's I know personally, so they'll be my 1st contact. I'll post up their thoughts on the subject asap. They're motorcycle cops btw so hoping for a positive reaction.
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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:18 pm

Hmm thats kinda neat. Around here it's not that big of a deal if you drive around through town. people do it all the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:21 pm

Good deal. I think the guy on RZR forums was taking it a little too far wanting to run up and down 400 and get on the interstate. I have zero-need to get in a sxs and get on the interstate...Let me know how it goes.

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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:07 pm

ridepate wrote:
Good deal. I think the guy on RZR forums was taking it a little too far wanting to run up and down 400 and get on the interstate. I have zero-need to get in a sxs and get on the interstate...Let me know how it goes.

I completely agree!  Hit the store, gas up, see some friends, go have lunch, etc.  I'm not looking to commute or show my ass. I just want a fun alternative for quick, short ventures.
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PostSubject: Re: Street-Legal in Ga.   Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:33 am

I have pursued this in SC as well. Last winter when it dropped a foot of snow I got the notion to take the rzr to work. Having to go through town to pick up one of my techs I got stopped by a city cop, all he asked was if I had it insured and registered. I told him that it was insured but to my knowledge it wasn't legal to register it. So he told me how to go about getting it registered, basically just doing it as a dune buggy.

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