2018 Regular Session
To: Local and Private
By: Senator(s) Moran
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES OF THE CITY OF WAVELAND, MISSISSIPPI, TO ALLOW THE OPERATION OF LOW-SPEED VEHICLES AND GOLF CARTS ON CERTAIN PUBLIC ROADS AND STREETS WITHIN THE CITY OF WAVELAND; TO REQUIRE INDIVIDUALS OPERATING A LOW-SPEED VEHICLE OR GOLF CART TO HAVE A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE OR TEMPORARY DRIVER'S PERMIT; TO REQUIRE CERTAIN REGISTRATION OF SUCH LOW-SPEED VEHICLE OR GOLF CART; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. As used in this act, unless a different meaning clearly appears in the context, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(a) "City" means the City of Waveland, Mississippi.
(b) "Governing authorities" means the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Waveland, Mississippi.
(c) "Golf cart" means a motor vehicle that is designated and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of twenty (20) miles per hour and is equipped with the safety equipment as required under 49 CFR Section 571.500.
(d) "Low-speed vehicle" means any four-wheeled electric or gasoline-powered vehicle that has a top speed greater than twenty (20) miles per hour but less than twenty-five (25) miles per hour and is equipped with safety equipment as required under 49 CFR Section 571.500.
SECTION 2. (1) The governing authorities may, by ordinance, in their discretion, authorize the operation of low-speed vehicles and golf carts only on public roads and streets that are within the residential areas above and below U.S. Highway 90. Public roads and streets excluded from the operation of low-speed vehicles and golf carts include all of U.S. Highway 90; all of Kiln-Waveland Cutoff; all of Highway 603 from the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and Waveland Avenue to Maple Street; and from the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and Nicholson Avenue to Jeff Davis Avenue.
(2) Any person operating a low-speed vehicle or golf cart on the public roads and streets under this act must have in his or her possession a valid driver's license or temporary driver's permit and proof of financial responsibility as required under Section 63-15-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 3. (1) Every low-speed vehicle and golf cart to be operated, as authorized under this act, on a public road or street shall be required to register the vehicle with the city. Upon payment of a reasonable fee that may be charged by the city to cover the costs of administration, a map and a sticker and presentation of proof of financial responsibility and presentation of a valid driver's license or temporary driving permit, the owner of the low-speed vehicle or golf cart shall be issued a registration decal by the county or municipal tax collector that must be displayed on the left rear fender of the vehicle. The registration shall remain valid for as long as the registering owner owns the low-speed vehicle or golf cart. The city shall provide the registrant with a map of the areas where low-speed vehicles and golf carts may be operated at the time of registration. The operator shall be required to have proof of financial responsibility and a valid driver's license in his or her possession at all times while operating the low-speed vehicle or golf cart on public roads and streets of the state.
(2) The registration fee imposed under subsection (1) of this section shall be retained by the municipal clerk and deposited into the municipal general fund.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.