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Golf Carts & UTV's In Polo
Polo, Illinois Code of Ordinances


  80.01 Non-highway vehicles allowed
  80.02 Definitions
  80.03 Rules and regulations
  80.04 Prohibited streets
  80.05 Permits
  80.06 Violations

  Subject to the terms and conditions stated herein, the only non-highway vehicles authorized under the provisions of this chapter are golf carts and utility task vehicles. To avoid confusion, "all-terrain vehicles" as defined at 625 ILCS 5/1-101.8 are not permitted hereunder.
(Ord. 15-01, passed 6-1-15)

  For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings ascribed to them respectively.
  GOLF CART. A vehicle specifically designed and intended for the purposes of transporting one or more persons and their golf clubs or maintenance equipment while engaged in the playing of golf, supervising the play of golf, or maintaining the condition of the grounds on a public or private golf course.

UTILITY TASK VEHICLE (UTV). A motorized off-highway vehicle traveling on three or more non-highway tires and designed with seating for two persons sitting side-by-side with one or more rows of seating and having a cargo box at the rear of the vehicle.
(Ord. 15-01, passed 6-1-15; Am. Ord. 16-08, passed 7-18-16)

  Golf carts and UTVs may only be operated on streets not otherwise prohibited within the city in accordance with the following rules and regulations:
  (A) Any person who operates a golf cart or UTV in the city assumes full responsibility for all liability associated with the operation thereof.
  (B) It shall be unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to operate a golf cart or UTV in the city and shall not be eligible to obtain a permit for such.
  (C) The operator must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Illinois or any other state and shall have the license on his or her person when operating a golf cart or UTV.
  (D) The operator must possess proof of liability insurance covering the operation of the golf cart or UTV being operated with limits of liability not less than the minimum required by the State of Illinois for the operation of a passenger vehicle and must maintain said insurance when operating the golf cart or UTV.
  (E) Golf carts and UTVs may only be operated on the streets of Polo between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
  (F) Operation of golf carts and UTVs is prohibited when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or at any other time when there is insufficient light to clearly see persons and vehicles on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet.
  (G) In addition to the requirements stated above, golf carts and UTVs must also be equipped as follows:
  (1) A horn that is operable and can be heard at least 100 feet from the golf cart or UTV;
  (2) Brakes and brake lights;
  (3) Headlights that emit a white light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the front which must be illuminated when the vehicle is in operation;
  (4) Tail lamps that emit a red light visible from at least 100 feet from the rear and must be in operation when the vehicle is in operation;
  (5) Turn signals;
  (6) Steering wheel apparatus;
  (7) Tires;
  (8) Rearview mirror;
  (9) There must be a windshield or the operator and passenger(s) must wear eye protection as required when riding a motorcycle;
  (10) A "slow moving vehicle" emblem compliant with 625 ILCS 5/12-709 must be secured to the rear of the golf cart or UTV;
  (11) The maximum occupancy for a qualified golf cart or UTV shall not exceed three persons but there must be a seat belt for the operator and each passenger and the seat belts must be worn while the golf cart or UTV is in operation;
  (12) Golf carts and UTVs are only allowed to park in spaces designated for handicapped parking if the operator or at least one passenger has a valid handicapped parking emblem which is clearly visible in the golf cart or UTV;
  (13) If the equipment requirements are amended via 625 ILCS 5/11-1426.1, those requirements shall also apply; and,
  (14) To the extent applicable, the operator must comply with all requirements set forth in the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq.).
  (H) Golf carts and UTVs which comply with the provisions of division (G)(1) through (G)(13) of this section shall be deemed "qualified".
  (I) An operator of a golf cart or UTV must obey all traffic laws of the State of Illinois and the city and must yield the right-of-way to all other vehicles approaching or overtaking them at all times.
  (J) Golf carts and UTVs shall only be operated on city streets except where specifically prohibited.
  (K) Golf carts and UTVs shall not be operated in excess of the posted speed limit or 30 miles per hour, whichever is less. This provision does not prohibit golf carts or UTVs with valid permits from crossing a prohibited roadway provided the operator takes the shortest feasible route to a roadway where operation is allowed.
  (L) A person operating or in actual physical control of a golf cart or UTV within the city while under the influence is subject to the provisions of 625 ILCS 5/11-500 through 625 ILCS 5/11-502.
  (M) Golf carts and UTVs shall not be operated on sidewalks.
(Ord. 15-01, passed 6-1-15; Am. Ord. 16-01, passed 3-21-16; Am. Ord. 16-08, passed 7-18-16)

  It shall be unlawful to operate a golf cart or UTV on the following streets within the corporate limits of the city:
  (A) Oregon Street from South Division Avenue westerly to the corporate limits and the reverse direction on Oregon Street;
  (B) Dixon Street from Division Avenue easterly to the corporate limits and the reverse direction on Dixon Street;
  (C) Mason Street from Congress Avenue easterly to Green Avenue and the reverse direction on the same street;
  (D) Franklin Avenue from Locust Street southerly to Colden Street and the reverse direction on the same avenue; and,
  (E) Any portion of Division Avenue (a/k/a State Route 26) except to crossover said roadway from a stop intersection to get from one allowed roadway to another by use of the shortest feasible route.
(Ord. 15-01, passed 6-1-15)

§ 80.05 PERMITS.
  (A) No person shall operate a golf cart or UTV without having a valid permit issued by the city and said permit must be in the golf cart or UTV when in operation or parked on a city roadway. In addition, the city will issue a sticker indicating for which year the permit is valid and such sticker must be applied to the front of the vehicle and must be visible when viewed from the front.
  (B) An application for golf cart or UTV permit shall be available from the Office of the City Clerk and completed by the owner of the golf cart or UTV.
  (C) The permit must be renewed each year and will be valid commencing January 1 and ending on December 31 of the same calendar year.
  (D) The initial cost of a permit will be $25 but will thereafter be subject to such fee as the City Council determines when it establishes its annual rates. The fee shall not be prorated based on the date of issuance thereof.
  (E) Prior to issuance of a permit, the golf cart or UTV must be inspected by the Polo Chief of Police or designee to verify compliance with the requirements of this chapter including liability insurance.
  (F) The city may suspend or revoke a permit granted hereunder upon a finding that the holder thereof has violated any provision of this chapter.
(Ord. 15-01, passed 6-1-15; Am. Ord. 16-08, passed 7-18-16; Am. Ord. 17-03, passed 2-21-17)

  (A) To the extent that a violation of this chapter also constitutes a violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code or other criminal statute(s) of Illinois, then the violator shall be subject to criminal prosecution.
  (B) Except as provided in division (A) of this section, a person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be issued a “courtesy citation” and subject to the city’s sanctions concerning same.
  (C) For a first offense, the permit may be suspended for up to 90 days.
  (D) Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter for a second time within a two-year period shall have the permit revoked.
(Ord. 15-01, passed 6-1-15)