SPECIAL VEHICLES: MOTORIZED GOLF CARTS, CLASS 1 ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES, AND MINI-TRUCKS.
8.600 Permit. No person shall operate a motorized golf cart, class 1 all-terrain vehicle, or mini-truck on streets or alleys, without obtaining a permit as provided herein.
(1) Every application for a permit shall be made on a form approved by the city council.
(2) The annual permit fee shall be determined and fixed by resolution of the city council.
(3) Permits shall be granted for a period of one calendar year.
(4) Only persons at least eighteen (18) years of age and holding a driver’s license recognized by the State of Minnesota as permitting the operation of motor vehicles in the state are eligible for permits. A permit issued under this section shall only be valid during the time and under the circumstances that the holder’s driver’s license would allow operation of a motor vehicle in the State of Minnesota
(5) Every applicant must provide proof of insurance complying with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes Section 65B.48, Subdivision 5, as the same may be amended from time to time.
(6) No permit is required for motorized golf carts, class 1 all-terrain vehicles or mini-trucks when used in a community parade or event.
8.601 Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
(1) "All-terrain vehicle" or "ATV" means a motorized flotation-tired vehicle of not less than four low pressure tires, but not more than six tires, that is limited in engine displacement of less than 960 cubic centimeters and includes a class 1 all-terrain vehicle and class 2 all- terrain vehicle
(2) “Class 1 All Terrain Vehicle”, for permitting purposes, means a motorized flotation-tired vehicle riding on four to six low pressure tires having an engine displacement of at least 100 but less than 800 cubic centimeters, and total dry weight of less than 600 pounds
(3) “Class 2 All Terrain Vehicle” means a motorized flotation-tired vehicle riding on four to six low pressure tires having an engine displacement greater than 800 cubic centimeters, and total dry weight of 1,000 to 1,800 pounds
(4) “Motorized golf cart” means any passenger conveyance being driven with four wheels with four low-pressure tires that is limited in engine displacement of less than 800 cubic centimeters and total dry weight less than 800 pounds.
(5) “Mini-truck” as defined in Minn. Stat. § 169.01, subd. 40(a), a motor vehicle that has four wheels; is propelled by an electric motor with a rated power of 7,500 watts or less or an internal combustion engine with a piston displacement capacity of 660 cubic centimeters or less; has a total dry weight of 900 to 2,200 pounds; contains an enclosed cabin and a seat for the vehicle operator; commonly resembles a pickup truck or van, including a cargo area or bed located at the rear of the vehicle; and was not originally manufactured to meet federal motor vehicle safety standards required of motor vehicles in the Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, sections 571.101 to 571.404, and successor requirements.
(1) Motorized golf carts shall display the slow-moving vehicle emblem provided for in Minn. Stat. §169.045, as it may be amended from time to time, when operated on designated roadways.
(2) Motorized golf carts and all-terrain vehicles may only be operated on designated roadways from sunrise to sunset. They may not be operated on Central Avenue from TH 71 to Todd St. They shall not be operated in inclement weather conditions or at any time when there is insufficient light to clearly see persons and vehicles on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet.
(3) Motorized golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, and mini-trucks are permitted to operate only on city streets, not state or federal highways, except to cross at intersections. They are not allowed to be used on city sidewalks except for snow removal.
(4) Motorized golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, and mini-trucks shall be equipped with a rear-view mirror to provide the driver with adequate vision from behind as required by Minn. Stat. § 169.70.
(5) The number of occupants on the golf cart, all-terrain vehicle, or mini-truck may not exceed the design occupant load.
(6) Every person operating a motorized golf cart, an all-terrain vehicle, or a mini-truck under permit on city streets has all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under the provisions of Minn. Stat., ch. 169, as it may be amended from time to time, except when these provisions cannot reasonably be applied to motorized golf carts or mini-trucks and except as otherwise specifically provided in Minn. Stat. § 169.045(7), as it may be amended from time to time.
(7) The City Council may suspend or revoke a permit granted hereunder upon a finding that the holder thereof has violated any of the provisions of this section or Minn. Stat., Ch. 169, as it may be amended from time to time, or if there is evidence that the permit holder cannot safely operate the motorized golf cart, all-terrain vehicle, or mini-truck on the designated roadways.
8.603 City Employee Use. Authorized city staff may operate a motorized golf carts, all-terrain vehicles and mini-trucks without obtaining a permit within the city on city streets, sidewalks, trails, rights-of-way, and public property when conducting city business.
8.604 Mini-truck equipment requirements:
(1) A mini-truck may be operated under permit on designated roadways if it is equipped with all of the following:
a. At least two headlamps.
b. At least two tail lamps.
c. Front and rear turn-signal lamps.
d. An exterior mirror mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle and either an exterior mirror mounted on the passenger’s side of the vehicle or an interior mirror.
e. A windshield.
f. A seat belt for the driver and front passenger.
g. A parking brake.
8.605 Limitation of Liability Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as an assumption of liability by the City for any injuries to persons or property which may result from the operation of a motorized golf cart, ATV or mini-truck by a permit holder, the grant of such permit, or the failure by the City to revoke said permit.
8.606 Violation and Penalties Any person violating any provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor and is subject to having his or her permit under this section revoked.