Chapter 10.52


10.52.010    Definitions.

10.52.020    Operation of golf carts within the golf cart zone.

10.52.030    Golf cart inspection.

10.52.040    Accidents involving golf carts.

10.52.050    Violation – Penalty.

10.52.010 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to this chapter:

“Golf cart” has the same meaning as set out in RCW 46.04.1945, as it exists on April 28, 2011, or is hereafter amended: a gas-powered or electric-powered four-wheeled vehicle originally designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting purposes and has a speed attainable in one mile of not more than twenty miles per hour. A golf cart is not a nonhighway vehicle or off-road vehicle as defined in RCW 46.09.020.

“Golf cart zone” shall mean those portions of the following streets within the city having a speed limit of twenty-five miles per hour or less:

Golf Course Place

Golf Course Drive

Golf Course Road

No-See-Um Road

Cone Road

Park View Road

Hillcrest Place

Bogey Boulevard

Long Drive

Fairway Road

Orchard View Drive

Stormy Mountain Way

Crescent Street

Stehekin Way

Wapato Place

Pinnacle Place

Jr. Point Court

Butte Road

Lookout Way

Pyramid Place

“Operator” means a person who operates a golf cart in the golf cart zone. (Ord. 1436 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2012).

10.52.020 Operation of golf carts within the golf cart zone.

Golf carts may be operated on streets within the golf cart zone pursuant to the following requirements and restrictions:

A. Operators.

1. Operators shall be at least sixteen years of age who have completed a driver education course or have previous experience driving as a licensed driver, and who do not have a revoked license under RCW 46.20.285.

2. Operators shall be insured under a liability policy with liability limits of at least the amounts provided in RCW 46.29.090 and shall provide written proof of financial responsibility on the request of a law enforcement officer.

3. Operators are granted all rights and are subject to all duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle pursuant to Chapter 46.61 RCW.

B. Golf Carts.

1. Golf carts shall be equipped with reflectors, seat belts, and rearview mirrors.

2. Golf carts shall exhibit proof of inspection, as set out in Section 10.52.030.

C. Operating a Golf Cart.

1. Operation of golf carts shall comply with all rules of the road applicable to motorized vehicles set forth in this title.

2. Golf carts may not be operated on sidewalks and designated bicycle lanes, except when crossing a sidewalk or pedestrian path at a driveway or alley.

3. When operating, the number of passengers in a golf cart shall be limited to the manufacturer’s designed seating capacity, all of which shall be seated and wearing seat belts.

4. Operation of golf carts is limited to the time beginning one half hour before sunrise and ending one-half hour after sunset. (Ord. 1436 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2012).

10.52.030 Golf cart inspection.

A. Each calendar year, prior to operation within the golf cart zone, a golf cart shall be inspected by the Chelan County sheriff to verify the golf cart is equipped as set out in Section 10.52.020(B)(1), who shall issue a decal or other method of marking a golf cart to indicate the golf cart satisfies said requirements.

B. The Chelan County sheriff may develop processes deemed necessary or appropriate to make the inspection of golf carts efficient for the Chelan County sheriff and the public.

C. The Chelan County sheriff may collect a fee for the inspection and issuance of a decal or other mark, in an amount established in the city’s rate resolution.

D. The sole purpose of inspecting a golf cart is limited to verifying a golf cart is equipped as required in Section 10.52.020(B)(1). Inspection is not intended to include a review or approval of any other characteristic of a golf cart, or to determine that a golf cart satisfies any other standard or condition or that it may be safely operated within the golf cart zone. The duty to ensure a golf cart is otherwise structurally or mechanically safe to operate is upon the owner of the golf cart and/or the operator. (Ord. 1436 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2012).

10.52.040 Accidents involving golf carts.

Accidents that involve golf carts within the golf cart zone shall be recorded and tracked in compliance with Chapter 46.52 RCW, and the accident report must indicate that a golf cart operating within the golf cart zone was involved in the accident. (Ord. 1436 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2012).

10.52.050 Violation – Penalty.

A violation of any provision of this chapter shall result in the imposition of a civil infraction upon an operator, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by the imposition of a monetary penalty of not more than two hundred fifty dollars. (Ord. 1436 § 2 (Exh. A (part)), 2012).