ILTVA® monitors federal, state and local legislation, regulation and case law dealing with LTVs. ILTVA’s executives organized and its general counsel chaired a Task Force under the auspices of the Senate Transportation Committee of the Georgia General Assembly to revise the state motor vehicle law as applies to PTVs. The legislation was adopted in 2013. Subsequently, numerous municipalities have adopted ordinances allowing for the use of golf cars a/k/a golf carts and PTVs within their jurisdictions.
ILTVA® has published model legislation to attempt to influence uniformity in presently conflicting laws and regulations. Unfortunately, there is little conformity from state to state or municipality when it comes to defining and regulating vehicles similar to golf cars, LSVs, PTVs, and LSVs.
For example, North Carolina defines a golf cart [sic. “golf car”], as a vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 miles per hour. Arizona defines a golf cart [sic. “golf car”] as a motor vehicle which has not less than three wheels in contact with the ground, has an unladed weight of less than thirteen hundred pounds, is designed to be and is operated at not more than fifteen miles an hour and is designed to carry golf equipment and persons. Arizona, which requires registration of some golf car type vehicles, does not require registration of golf car vehicles if they are used in the operation of a golf course or only incidentally operated or moved on a highway.
Some state and local jurisdictions define golf cars as motor vehicles, requiring the vehicle owners to meet specified registration, safety and insurance requirements. Other states define golf cars as vehicles not conforming to ANSI/NGCMA Z130.1, the golf car industry standard. The result of this variation of regulation has been confusion in the ranks of fleet and individual owners, dealers and manufacturers as to which regulation to follow. In an attempt to bring some uniformity and clarity to the present confusion, ILTVA® has prepared some model legislation materials found under the Guidelines link, and the section titled “Model Legislation.”
ILTVA® and its members have participated, and likely will continue to participate, in public forums dealing with vehicle pollution regulation, disability standards and guidelines, e.g., ADA Guidelines for Recreation Facilities, affecting the use of golf cars, and individually, in SAE standards development for vehicles similar in size to golf cars and PTVs. Members of ILTVA®‘s Engineering Committee historically have given unselfishly of their own time to assist SAE and other professional societies and organizations in the development of vehicle safety.
ILTVA® has also designed and promoted safety signage for use by golf shops, golf courses and related professionals. The signage language is cited in paragraph 9.2.1 of ANSI/NGCMA Z130.1.
ILTVA® recently updated its Golf Car Storage Facility Guidelines and they are available for free from its Guidelines tab.
ILTVA® and its individual members support allied associations that have mutual interests or provide value to ILTVA®, golf car manufacturers, distributors, owners and the business of golf itself. Included in the associations supported are Electric Drive Transportation Association, National Club Association and National Golf Foundation.