May Allow on Bayview, Broadway
Barnegat Light — As if to signal that it was a new subject, a golf cart rolled by Barnegat Light Borough Hall just before the monthly meeting began on July 10.
Sure enough, the borough council introduced an ordinance that would authorize the “low-speed vehicles” on “borough roadways that do not exceed 35-mph speed limits.”
That means Bayview Avenue and Broadway, but not Central Avenue, officials said. The carts will be allowed to cross Central to get to other roads. The carts were already allowed on side streets, where the speed limit is 25 mph.
Regarding crossings, the ordinance reads “the low-speed vehicles may enter an intersection and cross any public road or highway where the posted speed limit is in excess of 35 miles per hour only at signalized or non-signalized intersections.”
The ordinance would take effect on final passage next month if the council votes to approve it.
Until then, “Right now, they’re not legal” on the main roads, pointed out Mayor Kirk Larson at the meeting.
The background is that someone called and asked what the laws were for golf carts. Municipal Clerk Brenda Kuhn looked it up and found golf carts are considered low-speed vehicles by New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles law.
“I know we didn’t really allow it, but we didn’t have anything to say we didn’t allow it,” she said after the meeting, “but by state law, they are not allowed.”
Among other wording, DMV rules state that low-speed vehicles “have to be titled and registered and insured, have to be a four-wheel vehicle with an attainable speed of more than 20 miles per hour but not more than 25, and they can not be gas or diesel and would have to comply with safety standards.”
The ordinance is scheduled for a second reading, further discussion and public hearing at borough council’s 5 p.m. Aug. 14 meeting.