Golf Carts (PTVs) in Roswell

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The Mayor and City Council recently passed a golf cart ordinance allowing cart drivers to access more streets throughout the City. Once confined to golf course communities, golf carts, also known as "Personal Transport Vehicles," will be eligible to drive on any public roadway with a posted speed limit of 25 MPH or lower.

Have a question? Contact the Roswell Department of Transportation at 770-594-6420 or TransCustomerServiceTeam@roswellgov.com.

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PTV Requirements

The City of Roswell has incorporated State Law, (O.C.G.A. 40-6-330(a)), in its requirements. These include:
  • A braking system
  • A reverse warning system
  • A removable main power switch
  • Head lamps
  • Reflex reflectors
  • Tail lamps
  • Horn
  • Rear view mirror
  • Safety warning label
  • Hip restraints/Seat belts
Brake lights are required by the City of Roswell if the golf cart will be operated at night.

Drivers must be 16 years of age or older and be a licensed driver to operate a golf cart. Proof of insurance is also required.

In addition the City will charge a $15 fee every five years to register the golf cart.

Maps of Designated Service Areas

Review the maps below to locate the streets in your area where the use of golf carts will be allowed as of July 1, 2015.
  • Area 1 - North (north of SR 92 and Hardscrabble Road)
  • Area 2 - North-Central (north of SR 92, south of Hardscrabble Road, west of SR 9/120)
  • Area 3 - West (south of SR 92, west of SR 9/120)
  • Area 4 - Central (east of SR 9/120, west of Old Alabama Road)
  • Area 5 - East (east of Old Alabama Road)
In addition to the streets shown on the maps above, golf carts may be allowed on certain multi-use paths around the City.

Golf cart use will be prohibited on: any State Route (i.e. SR 92, SR 9, SR 120, SR 140); streets with posted speed limits of 30 or higher; any sidewalk; trails within any park (including Riverfront Trail/Park); and, facilities labeled with signs stating the use of golf carts is prohibited.

PTV Safety

  • Drive courteously. Obey all vehicle traffic laws and rules of the road.
  • Avoid distractions while operating the golf cart/PTV just as you would in an automobile.
  • The driver and all occupants should use seatbelts and/or handholds any time the vehicle is in use.
  • Only carry the number of passengers for which there are seats.
  • Drivers and all passengers should keep all body parts (arms, legs, feet) inside cart while vehicle is in motion, except when signaling a turn.
  • Do not allow anyone to ride standing in the vehicle or on the back platform of the vehicle. Do not put vehicle in motion until all passengers are safely seated inside vehicle.
  • Always use hand signals to indicate your intent to turn due to the small size and limited visibility of the turn signals on a golf cart/ PTV.
  • Check blind spots before turning. When making a left-hand turn, yield to the thru traffic lane and merge into that lane before turning left.
  • Carefully turn and look behind golf cart/PTV before backing up.
  • Avoid sharp turns at maximum speed, and drive straight up and down slopes to reduce the risk of passenger ejections and/or rollover.
  • Do not leave keys in golf cart while unattended and make sure the parking brake is set.
  • Always yield to pedestrians and be aware of motor vehicles.
  • Use extreme caution in inclement weather. Although a golf cart may shield you from the rain, it may not protect you from a lightning strike.

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FAQs

  • How can I go somewhere other than within your subdivision or street?
  • What do I do if I have an accident in a golf cart (PTV)?
  • Is insurance required?
  • How many people may ride in a golf cart? Can children ride on someone's lap?
  • What is the penalty for Golf Cart Ordinance violations?
  • What are the rules for driving golf carts (PTV)?
  • How can a golf cart (PTV) be used on City streets?
  • Where can I drive a golf cart (PTV)?
  • What are City safety standards for golf carts (PTVs)?
  • Who can drive a golf cart on City streets?
  • What is a "Personal Transportation Vehicle" (PTV)?
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