Inspection On Under Speed Vehicles/Golf Carts
To develop and establish a policy and procedure for the safety inspection of under speed vehicles/golf carts.
According to the BMV an under speed vehicle (USV) is a four wheeled vehicle other than a truck that either is originally designed and constructed with a top attainable speed of 20 miles per hour or less, or is not originally designed and constructed for operation on a street or highway. Most golf carts are USV’s.
POLICY AND PROCEDURE:
- The Sheriff or Chief of Police in a jurisdiction where an under speed vehicle (USV) is being used is responsible for the inspection of the USV prior to the USV getting licensed.
- The Sheriff or designee will inspect and provide the applicant with a certificate of inspection.
- To gain a certificate of inspection the USV must meet and comply with all vehicle equipment listed in ORC 4513.
- After the inspection, the original certificate will be kept on file at the Sheriff’s Office. There will also be a computer database of USV’s inspected.
- Note: If the USV is only used on private property, the operational equipment and registration requirements would generally not apply.
- In order for a person to license a USV, they must first have the vehicle inspected by the Sheriff or his designee.
- There will be certain days and times for inspections as set forth by the Sheriff.
- All inspections will take place at the Sheriff’s Office.
- Upon completion of inspection, the persons will be given a copy of their USV inspection certificate.
- The person must then take their copy to the Clerk of Courts Title Office in any county. The person will then be issued a title for their USV.
- The person must then obtain insurance on the USV.
- The person will then be able to take their title to the deputy registrar of the BMV and file for license plates for the USV.
- All USV’s must be used in accordance with ORC Chapter 4511.
CHECKLIST FOR INSPECTION:
The following items are included on the USV inspection sheet.
- Persons registering must have a valid driver’s license.
- Must show proof of insurance listing state minimum requirements for liability on golf carts.
- Minimum one tail light visible from 500 feet.
- Must have two rear red reflectors.
- Must have a license plate light visible from 50 feet.
- Must have two brake lights visible from 500 feet.
- Must have two working headlights capable of illumination objects at a distance of at least 75 feet.
- Must have a working horn audible from not less than 200 feet.
- Must have a rearview mirror.
- Must have a windshield of glass or safety glass.
- Must have working turn signals.
- Must have brackets from front and rear license plates.