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Recreation Vehicles / Golf Carts

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.

 

 

8.602  Conditions

 

(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.