Folly Beach golf cart owners will be affected by a State law taking effect October 1st.
Golf cart operators must carry three things: the SC Department of Motor Vehicles registration, proof of liability insurance for the golf cart, and the operator’s driver’s license. A DMV golf cart permit must be replaced with a new permit every five years, but owners who have permits on or before October 1st have until September 30, 2015, to obtain new permits.
If a golf cart is registered somewhere other than Folly Beach, it can’t be driven in Folly Beach because the new law restricts how far a golf cart can be driven from the address on the DMV registration certificate. A Folly Beach ordinance currently restricts that distance to two miles, but City Council will consider whether to extend that to four miles, as allowed by the new State law.
Remember that golf carts must also have a Folly Beach permit and display a Folly decal. Those permits must currently be renewed annually, although City Council may decide to change that and other rules related to golf carts as part of its comprehensive review of the traffic code.