A new bill passed in Pennsylvania will allow certain utility vehicles and golf carts access to public roads. In the past, these vehicles were not recognized by the state’s Vehicle Code.
The new law, Senate Bill 785, will allow low-speed utility vehicles to drive one mile on public roads. These types of vehicles include utility vehicles used for resorts, college campuses and the maintenance of golf courses. These vehicles
do not have to be registered with the state. Any first responder all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) such as fire, police and EMS, can go up to two miles on a highway and use sirens and lights.
Golf carts can now travel on public roads, up to one mile, and cross highways even if the carts are not being used for a game of golf. Anyone over the age of 12 can drive a golf cart; however, you must be 16 or older to cross a highway unless accompanied by an adult.
Senate Bill 785, golf cart and utility vehicle law, went into effect January 29, 2018.
Last modified: October 18, 2018