Golf carts are becoming an increasingly common sight not only on the golf course but also on streets, highways, and roads. However, street legal golf carts must follow state laws to be allowed on the road.
Golf Carts vs. LSVs
Golf carts tend to have a maximum speed of around 15-20 mph. This is slower than that of low-speed vehicles (LSVs), which are usually between 20-35 mph. However, it is possible to modify your golf cart into an LSV.
To be considered an LSV, a cart should not only meet speed requirements, but other requirements like headlights, turn signals, vehicle identification numbers (VINs), seatbelts, and more. Your cart can be modified to meet all these requirements, though it will require significant modification.
Depending on what your cart is categorized as – golf cart or LSV – the laws surrounding its usage on roads will vary.
Street Legal Golf Carts in Indiana
Laws regulating street legal golf carts vary from city to city in Indiana, so you will need to check your local regulations to ensure that you are in compliance. However, requirements in most cities in Indiana mandate that the cart should have:
• Rearview mirrors
• Break lights
• A slow-moving vehicle sign
They also mandate that your cart must have been inspected by the local police to ensure compliance with laws.
Street Legal LSVs in Indiana
If your cart has been modified to be an LSV, it is possible to ensure that it is street legal. To be street legal, it should have a VIN, working headlamps, a reflective slow-moving vehicle sign, at least one red rear taillight, and a red or amber flashing light. Furthermore, it should not exceed 35 mph when used on a public road.
Drivers of street legal golf carts and LSVs in Indiana follow the same laws as drivers of other vehicles. This means that they cannot be under the age of 16 and must hold a valid license. These vehicles cannot be driven under the influence of alcohol.
Driving street legal golf carts and LSVs can be a convenient way to get around the city. However, if you are based in Indiana, you should check with your city’s laws to ensure that your cart is street legal.
If you have any queries regarding how to ensure that your golf cart is street legal or are looking into converting your cart into an LSV, contact Carts & Parts at (937) 459-8891 today. We’re happy to answer any questions that you might have.