GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2009

 

 

SESSION LAW 2009-459

HOUSE BILL 121

 

 

AN act to allow all units of local government to regulate golf carts.

 

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

 

SECTION 1.  Chapter 153A of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 153A-245.  Regulation of golf carts on streets, roads, and highways.

(a)        Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 20-50 and G.S. 20-54, a county may, by ordinance, regulate the operation of golf carts, as defined in G.S. 20-4.01(12a), on any public street, road, or highway where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less within the county that is located in any unincorporated areas of the county or on any property owned or leased by the county.

(b)        By ordinance, a county may require the registration of golf carts, charge a fee for the registration, specify who is authorized to operate golf carts, and specify the required equipment, load limits, and the hours and methods of operation of golf carts. No person less than 16 years of age may operate a golf cart on a public street, road, or highway."

SECTION 2.  G.S. 160A-300.5 is repealed.

SECTION 3.  Chapter 160A of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 160A-300.6.  Regulation of golf carts on streets, roads, and highways.

(a)        Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 20-50 and G.S. 20-54, a city may, by ordinance, regulate the operation of golf carts, as defined in G.S. 20-4.01(12a), on any public street, road, or highway where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less within its municipal limits or on any property owned or leased by the city.

(b)        By ordinance, a city may require the registration of golf carts, charge a fee for the registration, specify who is authorized to operate golf carts, and specify the required equipment, load limits, and the hours and methods of operation of golf carts. No person less than 16 years of age may operate a golf cart on a public street, road, or highway."

SECTION 4.  Section 6 of S.L. 2001-356 is repealed.

SECTION 5.  Section 1 of S.L. 2003-124, as amended by S.L. 2004-58, S.L. 2007-204, and S.L. 2007-259, reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 20-50 and G.S. 20-54, the Towns of Beech Mountain, North Topsail Beach, and Seven Devils, and the City of Conover may, by ordinance, regulate the operation of golf carts and utility vehicles on any public street or road within the City or Town. By ordinance, the City or Town may require the registration of golf carts and utility vehicles, specify the persons authorized to operate golf carts and utility vehicles, and specify required equipment, load limits, and the hours and methods of operation of the golf carts and utility vehicles."

SECTION 6.  Section 1 of  S.L. 2005-11, as amended by S.L. 2007-18, is repealed.

SECTION 7.  Section 3 of S.L. 2005-11, as amended by S.L. 2006-149, S.L. 2006-152, and S.L. 2007-18, reads as rewritten:

"SECTION 3. Section 1 of this act applies only to the Towns of Benson, Bladenboro, Chadbourn, Clarkton, Elizabethtown, Four Oaks, Rose Hill and Tabor City. Section 2 of thisThis act applies only to Moore County."

SECTION 8.  Section 9.4 of the Charter for the Town of Cary, as enacted by Section 1 of S.L. 2005-117, is repealed.

SECTION 9.  S.L. 2006-27, S.L. 2006-149, S.L. 2006-152, S.L. 2007-18, S.L. 2007-72, S.L. 2007-336, and S.L. 2008-71 are repealed.

SECTION 10.  Section 5.2 of the Charter for the Town of Whispering Pines, as enacted by Section 1 of S.L. 2008-105, is repealed.

SECTION 11.  This act becomes effective October 1, 2009. A county may adopt an ordinance under G.S. 153A-245, and a city may adopt an ordinance under G.S. 160A-300.6 when this act becomes law, but the ordinances may not become effective prior to October 1, 2009. The repeal herein of any act does not affect the rights or liabilities of a local government that arose during the time the act was in effect, or under an ordinance adopted under such an act. If any county or city had adopted an ordinance under any act repealed by this act, and the ordinance would be permitted under G.S. 153A-245 or G.S. 160A-300.6 as enacted by this act, that ordinance shall remain in effect until amended or repealed by that county or city.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 30th day of July, 2009.

 

 

                                                                    s/  Marc Basnight

                                                                         President Pro Tempore of the Senate

 

 

                                                                    s/  Joe Hackney

                                                                         Speaker of the House of Representatives

 

 

                                                                    s/  Beverly E. Perdue

                                                                         Governor

 

 

Approved 12:26 p.m. this 7th day of August, 2009