(a) Operation. Persons who are physically disabled, as defined in M.S. Chapter 169, as it may be amended from time to time, are authorized to operate motorized golf carts on designated roadways or portions thereof within the city.
(b) Permit required. No person may operate a motorized golf cart without first obtaining a permit as provided herein.
(c) Application. Every application for a permit shall be made on a form supplied by the city and must contain the following information:
(1) The name and address of the applicant;
(2) The nature of the applicant’s physical disability or verification by a physician that the applicant is physically disabled as defined in Minnesota Statutes;
(3) The roadways or portions thereof on which the motorized golf cart will be operated;
(4) The time of operation of the motorized golf cart; and
(5) Such other information as the may require.
(d) Permit fee. The annual fee for a motorized golf cart permit shall be as set forth in § 14.03 of this code.
(e) Term of permit. Permits shall be granted for a period of one year and may be renewed annually.
(f) Conditions of permit. No permit shall be granted unless the following conditions are met:
(1) The applicant fulfills the definition of a “physically disabled person” as defined in M.S. Chapter 169, as it may be amended from time to time;
(2) The applicant must submit a certificate signed by a physician that the applicant is able to safely operate a motorized golf cart on the roadways designated; and
(3) The applicant must provide evidence of insurance in compliance with the provisions of M.S. Chapter 169, as it may be amended from time to time.
(g) Designation of roadways. The Chief of Police or his or her designee shall work in conjunction with the City Engineer or his or her designee to designate city roadways or portions thereof upon which motorized golf carts will be permitted to operate.
(h) Times of operation. Motorized golf carts may only be operated on designated roadways from sunrise to sunset. They shall not be operated in inclement weather or when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions, or at any time when there is insufficient light to clearly see person or vehicles on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet.
(i) Slow moving vehicle emblem. Motorized golf carts must display the slow moving vehicle emblem provided for in M.S. Chapter 169, as it may be amended from time to time, when operated on designated roadways.
(j) Crossing intersecting highways. The operator of a motorized golf cart may cross any street or highway intersecting a designated roadway.
(k) Application of traffic laws. Every person operating a motorized golf cart under permit on designated roadways has all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under the provisions of M.S. Chapter 169, as it may be amended from time to time, except when those provisions cannot reasonably be applied to motorized golf carts and except as otherwise specifically provided in M.S. Chapter 169, as it may be amended from time to time.
(l) Suspension or revocation of permits. The Chief of Police or his or her designee may suspend or revoke a permit granted hereunder upon a finding that the holder thereof has violated any of the provisions of this section or M.S. Chapter 169, as it may be amended from time to time, or if there is evidence that the permittee cannot safely operate the motorized golf cart on the designated roadways. The suspension or revocation may be appealed by the service of a written notice of appeal served upon the within 30 days of the issuance of the suspension or revocation. Thereafter, the will schedule the appeal for hearing pursuant to the procedures set forth in § 1.17 of this code.
(1958 Code, § 106.03) (Deleted by Ord. 2008-17, passed 5-19-2008; recodified by Ord. 2013-9, passed 4-1-2013)