PRINTER'S NO. 980
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
785
Session of
2017
INTRODUCED BY RAFFERTY, GREENLEAF, SCARNATI, FOLMER, BARTOLOTTA,
STEFANO AND DINNIMAN, JUNE 19, 2017
REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION, JUNE 19, 2017
AN ACT
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in general provisions, further providing for
definitions; in registration of vehicles, further providing
for vehicles exempt from registration; and providing for
operation of golf carts.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 102 of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding a definition to read:
§ 102. Definitions.
Subject to additional definitions contained in subsequent
provisions of this title which are applicable to specific
provisions of this title, the following words and phrases when
used in this title shall have, unless the context clearly
indicates otherwise, the meanings given to them in this section:
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"Golf cart." A self-propelled motor vehicle designed and
manufactured for the transportation of persons or equipment for
sporting, maintenance or recreational purposes that is not
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capable of exceeding a speed of 20 miles per hour.
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Section 2. Section 1302(3) and (14) of Title 75 are amended
to read:
§ 1302. Vehicles exempt from registration.
The following types of vehicles are exempt from registration:
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(3) Any self-propelled golf cart used for the
transportation of persons [engaged in the game of golf] or
equipment for sporting, maintenance or recreational purpose
while crossing [any] certain public [highway during any game
of golf] highways.
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(14) Any vehicle used for golf course [or] maintenance,
resort maintenance or college, university or seminary campus
maintenance when such vehicle does not travel on public roads
in excess of one mile and the property on both sides of the
public road is owned by said golf course [or], resort or
college, university or seminary.
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Section 3. Title 75 is amended by adding a chapter to read:
CHAPTER 77A
OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS
Sec.
77A01. Operation on highways.
77A02. Designation of golf-cart crossings.
77A03. Operation by persons under 16 years of age.
§ 77A01. Operation on highways.
(a) General rule.--Except as otherwise provided under this
chapter, it is unlawful to operate a golf cart on any highway.
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(b) Crossing highway.--A golf cart may make a direct
crossing of a highway upon compliance with the following
requirements:
(1) The crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90
degrees to the direction of the highway and at a place where
no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing.
(2) The golf cart is brought to a complete stop before
crossing the shoulder or main-traveled way of the highway.
(3) The driver yields the right-of-way to all oncoming
traffic.
§ 77A02. Designation of golf-cart crossings.
(a) General rule.--The department on State-designated
highways and a local authority on highways within the local
authority's jurisdiction may designate a crossing within the
jurisdiction as a golf-cart crossing with official traffic-
control devices for the crossings.
(b) Posting notices.--Adequate notice of golf-cart crossing
designations shall be sufficiently and prominently displayed.
(c) Golf-cart crossing costs.--If a golf-cart crossing is
beneficial to residents of a homeowners association, a private
college or other private entity, the homeowners association,
private college or other private entity shall be responsible for
costs incurred by the department or political subdivision.
(d) Liability.--Liability may not be imposed on the
department or any other State agency or any political
subdivision of this Commonwealth as a result of designating any
crossing over any highway as a golf-cart crossing as provided
under subsection (a).
§ 77A03. Operation by persons under 16 years of age.
A person under 16 years of age may not drive a golf cart
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across any highway unless the person is under the direct
supervision of a person 18 years of age or older.
Section 4. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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