We Tega Cay’ians have seen a definite increase of privately owed golf carts traveling up and down the streets of Tega Cay recently. Here are the rules of the road, sort of speak, about operating a golf cart in Tega Cay from Police Chief Rick Evelsizer…
Dear (Tega Cay) Resident,
Over the past several weeks we have received numerous calls expressing concerns about young children operating golf carts on our walking trails and general use of golf carts on City streets. I wanted to take a moment to inform you of what the law says and what our officers will enforce.
In accordance with § 56-3-115, golf cart owners must;
1) Have a valid driver’s license and be at least 16 years of age.
2) Have a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles ($5.00)
3) Have Proof of Liability Insurance
4) Only operate on Secondary Streets and be within 2 miles from the residence or business
5) Only operate during daylight hours
6) Adhere to all other State and Local Traffic Laws.
Additionally, golf carts may cross primary streets (such as Tega Cay Drive) but cannot travel along primary highways or streets. Golf carts may not be parked on beach access paths unless signs exist indicating that golf cart parking is permissible. The law prohibits golf carts from being upgraded by adding equipment to convert the cart to a Low Speed Vehicle (§56-2-100- a Low Speed Vehicle is a four-wheeled vehicle whose speed attainable in one mile is more than twenty miles per hour).
If you are legal operating your golf cart on any of the walking trails or sidewalks in town, please be mindful of pedestrians and yield the right-of-way to them. If you see someone who is not adhering to these regulations, please notify the police department as soon as possible (803.548.0340). Please be prepared to give the location of the cart, the direction it is traveling and an accurate description of the vehicle.
If you own a golf cart and use it as alternative transportation around town, please: Obey the Law, Be Mindful of those around you and BE SAFE.Sincerely, Rick Evelsizer Chief of Police