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NB Golf Cart Rules “by” the State of Ohio

In 2017, as requested by village council, North Baltimore Chief of Police Allan Baer released the following statement regarding the operation of ATV’s (4-wheelers) and Golf Carts (Low Speed Vehicles):

STATE OF OHIO rules for off-highway vehicles (ATV’s) and low-speed vehicles (golf carts and side by side utility vehicles with a bed).

Low-Speed Vehicles (golf-carts)

As enacted effective January 1st, 2017 by the State of Ohio, low-speed vehicles are not permitted to be operated on public roadways (highways, streets, and alleys) UNLESS a specific local ordinance permitting such operation is enacted by the village. If such an ordinance is enacted, low-speed vehicles must be, per BMV regulations, properly equipped (headlights, tail lights, mirrors, etc.) , inspected, registered (licensed) and insured.  Unless and until such an ordinance is enacted, NO low speed vehicles are permitted on village streets, again, per state code.

Off-Highway Vehicles (ATV’s)

As has been the case for many years now, OHV’s are not permitted to be operated on public roadways, streets, and alleys within the village. This includes riding directly from your residence to the village limit, gas station, or friend’s house.  When ridden anywhere within the State of Ohio on publicly accessible land, OHV’s are required to be equipped with a headlight, tail light, muffler and registered with the BMV.

These regulations were passed by the State of Ohio as a public safety measure. Operating of an OHV or low-speed vehicle on a roadway is inherently more dangerous than operation of a car. In the case of accident, the operator of an OHV or low-speed vehicle is MUCH more likely to be gravely injured.  It is only after careful consideration that a local municipality (village) may pass an ordinance allowing the operation of low-speed vehicles (golf carts), but not OHV’s (ATV’s)  within the village.

Contact NB Police with questions, for information and to schedule inspections of golf carts, ATV’s and 4 – wheelers – 419-257-2181

Links to related reference in the Ohio Revised Code:

ORC 4511.214 [Effective 1/1/2017] Operation of low-speed, under-speed, or utility vehicle, or a mini-truck.

ORC 4511.215 [Effective 1/1/2017] Local authorization for operation of low-speed, under-speed, or utility vehicle, or a mini-truck.

ORC 4513.02 Unsafe vehicles

Link to Golf Cart/ATV section from North Baltimore Codified Ordinances – NB Golf carts and ATV Ordinances

from COUNCIL MEETING May 16, 2017 MINUTES: ORDINANCE 2017- 12 AN ORDINANCE ENACTING TO PERMIT AND REGULATE THE OPERATIONS OF CERTAIN GOLF CARTS AND OTHER UNDER SPEED VEHICLES IN THE VILLAGE OF NORTH BALTIMORE, WOOD COUNTY, OHIO. – This passed unanimously. 


Editor added photo by Duncan Brown Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

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