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Ohio to Allow Golf Carts on Public Roadways Starting 2017

April 26, 2016

Photo: Flickr/Tony Bernard

Ohio has passed a new traffic bill allowing golf carts on public roadways. The bill goes into effect January 1, allowing carts on all Ohio roads with a speed limit no greater than 35 mph.

But Ohioans can’t just drive off the golf course. Under the new law, carts will be treated just like any other vehicle on the road. Owners must pass a vehicle inspection to be granted a title and license plate. To pass inspection, a golf cart must be equipped with headlights, taillights, turn signals, windshield and horn.

Other states, including Michigan, have passed similar laws, though most states leave the decision up to the individual towns and municipalities. About one-quarter of U.S states prohibit golf carts on any public street.