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Expanded Use of Golf Carts in our Community

This morning, the Resort Village of Shields was pleased to host the SGI media event concerning the broadened use of golf carts in municipalities.  The SGI News Release is attached.

In preparation of this announcement the Council of the Resort Village of Shields worked closely with SGI to develop and pass the attached Golf Cart Bylaw #2-2023.  This Bylaw will allow golf carts to be used on public roads within the municipality for more than just getting to and from the golf course.

We ask that you please ensure that the following safety requirements are adhered to in terms of golf cart operation within the village.

The updated policy includes a number of safety requirements:

  • The driver of the golf cart must be the holder of a valid Class 7 (Learner) or higher driver’s license.
  • The owner is required to carry a minimum of $200,000 in liability insurance for damages caused by the golf cart and provide proof of insurance at the request of a peace officer.
  • Golf carts will be required to display a slow-moving vehicle sign (already required by legislation for vehicles travelling less than 40 km/h on the roadway).
  • Golf carts must be equipped as defined in The Registration Exemption and Reciprocity Regulations (at least three wheels, weight limit of 590 kilograms, not counting riders and clubs).
  • Golf carts cannot operate on any roadway with a posted speed over 50 km/hour.
  • Golf carts can only be operated during daylight hours (half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset) on roadways.
  • Golf carts cannot be capable of operating at a speed of more than 24 km/hour on level ground.

Finally, golf carts must only be operated by a sober driver. You can be charged with impaired driving if you are operating a golf cart under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

We look forward to the expanded use of golf carts in our community.

Becky Hoehn

Acting Chief Administrative Officer