Randolph County – Ordinance for UTV/Golf Cart use
Effective date: July 1, 2018
The Randolph County Commission is committed to providing safe roads for the public. The Randolph County Commission has determined that there is the desire and need to allow Permits for individuals to drive UTV and golf cart vehicles on the roads within the county.
Randolph County UTV / Golf Cart policy and Ordinance:
• Desire for Legal exposure to off road UTV and Golf Cart Vehicles on the roads of Randolph County;
• Desire to assist law enforcement in identifying legitimate off-road vehicles that can be on the roads;
• Assist legitimate drivers to utilize Randolph County roads.
• Randolph County Continuity by adopting an Ordinance for UTV/Golf Carts that can be adopted by cities.
The Randolph County Commission prohibits the use of unapproved off-road ATV vehicles on public roads within the county with the exceptions for agriculture usage and mechanical testing. Unapproved agricultural vehicles and ATV’s are subject to all requirements and laws as set by the state of Missouri, and are excluded from this ordinance with the exception for when they are being driven for a licensed mechanical inspection and testing by a person engaged in professional repair service with a county permit. Due to the temporary nature of an off-road vehicle being mechanically tested, the off road mechanical testing vehicle will be allowed to operate only on Randolph County public roads during daylight hours, providing the vehicle has a current Randolph County Mechanical ATV/UTV permit with accompanying license plate –tag.
To obtain an operators UTV/Golf Cart Permit:
All applicants must have a current and valid driver’s license.
All Randolph county applicants must be current/paid in full on their Randolph County personal and real property tax before they will be issued a permit.
All applicants must have proof of active liability insurance and uninsured motorist.
Permit – tag application will be filled at the Randolph County Collector’s office. (Courthouse, 372 HWY JJ, Suite 1G, Huntsville, MO 844-277-6555 (ex310))
Permit Fee for 1yr Permit Tag (July 1 to June 30 – will be $15 + $3 administration fee payable to Randolph County.
Enforcement of this Ordinance will be served by law enforcement officers from the State, County, and Cities operating within the boundaries of Randolph County.
Off Road vehicles operating outside of this ordinance are in violation, and are subject to a $100 dollar fine + court cost and/or seizure of vehicle with $250 impound release fee.
Seizure and impound of vehicle is the suggested penalty for multiple time violators.
ORDINANCE FOR UTV/GOLF CART COUNTY VEHICLE PERMIT
Randolph County Ordinance NO: RC-0619-2018
An ordinance to allow special use permits for the usage of county roads by UTV/Golf Carts as authorized by section 304.013 RSMo and adopted by the Randolph County Commission.
Whereas: The State of Missouri has determined that the Randolph County Commissions has the authority to issue special use permits for the operation of UTV and Golf Cart vehicles on county roads; and
Whereas: The Randolph County Commission desires to issue permits for Licensed Drivers; and
Whereas: The Randolph County Commission desires for Randolph County residents who own and operate UTV and golf carts to operate them legally on the county roads; and
Whereas: The Randolph County Commission can set the conditions under which such special permits may be issued upon application to the Randolph County Collector; and
Whereas: The Randolph County Commission can establish fees for issuance of such special use permits; and
Whereas: The County Commission desires to provide for implementation of such special use permits, conditions for application, and for fees to be charged; and
Whereas: The public has inquired of the Randolph County Commission concerning the UTV/Golf Cart permit process in Randolph County so that the public may take advantage of the special permit process; and
Whereas: Section 304.013 RSMo provides the authority for the Randolph County Commission to act; and
Whereas: The Randolph County Commission has determined that it is in the public interest to permit special uses to be granted under certain conditions;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the Randolph County Commission;
That the Randolph County Commission acting under the authority of Section 304.013 RSMO does adopt and order implementation of this Ordinance; and that this ordinance does ordain, adopt, and implement the following:
UTILITY VEHICLES, GOLF CARTS
Definition of Utility Vehicles.
Definition of UTV -: Any motorized vehicle manufactured and intended to be used exclusively for off-highway use which is sixty-six inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weigh of 1,850 pounds or less, traveling on four wheels.
Definition of Golf Carts. — a golf cart which may be operated on the County paved and gravel roads, streets, roads, and alleyways, of the Cities shall be classified as a low-speed vehicle. The following must appear on the manufactured statement of the origin. (MS0) The body type must be specified as a low speed vehicle. There must be a statement indicating that the LSV meets or exceeds the minimal federal safety requirements. All golf carts classified as low-speed vehicles shall be manufactured in compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards for low-speed vehicles. Golf-carts operated on city streets shall conform to safety standards as outlined in 49 C.F.R. 571.500. Here after, Golf Cart will be called UTV or utility vehicle.
Golf cart shall be operated at a speed of less than 20 miles per hour (RSMo 304.034);
Requirements for operating a UTV within Randolph County:
1. Any individual operating a utility vehicle shall have a valid operator’s or chauffeur’s license, but is not required to pass an examination for the operation of a motorcycle;
2. Any individual operating a utility vehicle shall be at least sixteen (16) years of age;
3. A utility vehicle must have a fully functional roll over protection bar. Non-golf carts must have seat belts for operator and all passengers;
4. The utility vehicle shall be operated at the posted speed limits (RSMo 304.034); and shall obey speed zones that may be less than 20 miles per hour.
5. The utility vehicle shall have a bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven feet above the ground, or slow-moving vehicle signage attached to the rear of the vehicle. A flag shall be day-glow colored. A sign shall be day glow orange colored and shall be triangular shaped, with an area not less than 30 square inches.
6. The operator of a utility vehicle must carry bodily injury and liability insurance coverage on said utility vehicle in the minimum amount of $25,000.00 for bodily injury or death to one person in any one accident; $50,000.00 for bodily injury or death of two or more persons in any one accident; and $10,000.00 because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident. In addition, by Missouri state statute, uninsured motorist insurance in the amount of $25,000.00/$50,000.00 must be carried. The Proof of such insurance shall specifically list the vehicle as referenced by the serial number, year, and model. This Subsection does not apply to utility vehicles operated during participation in an authorized parade or special event when the event carries “event insurance coverage” for the participants. Proof of insurance must be kept with the vehicle at all times.
7. Notwithstanding other provisions of this ordinance, utility vehicles operated on County roads and city streets must comply with safety standards as outlined in 49 C.F.R. 571.500
No individual operating a utility vehicle shall:
1. Operate the utility vehicle in any careless or imprudent manner so-as-to endanger any person or property of any person;
2. Operate the utility vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance;
3. Operate a utility vehicle unless the utility vehicle is properly equipped with ‘headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals and rear-view mirror;
4. Operate the utility vehicle without a valid Randolph County permit affixed to utility vehicle, on the rear bumper;
5. Carry passengers in excess of the maximum number of designed seating for the vehicle.
6. Any individual operating a utility vehicle with a passenger under the age of seven years must be at least 18 years of age.
7. Operate the UTV on any federal, or state highways, except to cross over. (i.e. Hwy 63, Bus. 63, Hwy. 24, Rt. M, Rt. EE, Rt. DD & Rt. JJ, and any state or federal highway within Randolph County Boundaries)
8. No more than 2 total persons per bench seat shall be allowed for golf carts.
9. Operate the utility vehicle without the required insurance coverage in effect.
10. Operate the utility vehicle without the required slow-moving flag or sign if required.
Permits and Registration.
The Randolph County Collector shall hereby be designated as the Public Official with the authority to issue this special use permit for utility vehicles and golf carts on a form prescribed and approved by the Randolph County Commission within Randolph County and a $15.00 license fee and $3.00 administration fee shall be collected by Randolph County upon-issuance of the permit. No permit shall be issued until the fee is paid. The Randolph County Collector shall deliver the collected fees over to the Randolph County Treasurer who shall deposit the fees in the general revenue fund of the County.
1. No person shall operate a utility vehicle or golf cart until and unless it has been registered with the County Collector and to register, a person must also provide proof of
2. financial responsibility covering the operation of any utility vehicle or golf cart on public roads with minimal insurance amounts set forth by Missouri Revised statutes as they may be amended from time to time.
3. Sec. RSMO 303 Penalties
4. Any person, firm, corporation or individual violating any of the provisions of RSMO303, shall be subject to fine and imprisonment as set for RSMO Section 303.00 (General insurance coverage and Penalty Section) of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri.
5. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are, to the extent of such conflict hereby repealed.
6. If any clause, word, paragraph, section or other part or portion of this ordinance is held to be invalid, illegal, unlawful, or unconstitutional for Any reason, the Randolph County Commission hereby declares it would nevertheless have enacted the remaining portions thereof; and such remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.
7. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the date of July 1, 2018 and the Randolph County Commission directs the Randolph County Clerk to publish this ordinance.
The County Commission has the right to refuse any application for a special use permit if the commission feels that such refusal is in the best interest of safety on behalf of the citizens of Randolph County.
Each section of this ordinance is severable if a court of competent jurisdiction determines that such section is unenforceable. The remaining sections shall remain in force and effect.
That this ordinance is adopted on this 21st day of JUNE 2018, by action of the Randolph County Commission, to become effective as of 1st day of JULY 2018.