Golf carts OK’d for street travel

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

The city of Uvalde has adopted an ordinance allowing golf carts to be driven on city streets with speed limits under 35 mph.

Uvalde City Council approved the ordinance when they met Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. in the second-floor council chambers at city hall.

The state of Texas legalized the use of golf carts in cities, provided certain parameters are met, such as the speed limit of streets upon which they are driven, and that they are outfitted legally. Golf carts may not be  driven down state highways, including Fourth Street, U.S. Highway 90 or Main Street, U.S. Highway 83 or Getty Street, Studer Street, Evans Street and Grove Street.

“They’ll have to have what is required by the state, which is headlamps, tail lamps, reflectors, parking brakes and mirrors,” said Daniel Rodriguez, Uvalde Police Department chief. “On our ordinance, those are the five things that are required.”

The city had an ordinance from 2013 allowing golf carts to be used by package carriers during the holidays, and they modified it to follow the language of the state law.


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