Golf Carts & Neighborhood Vehicles

Looking for information on how to safely and legally operate a golf cart or electric vehicle in your neighborhood? Click through the information below and do your part to keep our streets safe and enjoyable for all neighbors. If you need more information please call (830) 221-4100 or view City Ordinance 2015-50 concerning golf carts and neighborhood vehicles.

  1. What You Can Drive
  2. Where You Can Drive
  3. Required Equipment
  4. Regulations and Penalties

Golf Carts & NEVs:

Golf Cart as defined below:
A motor vehicle designed by the manufacturer primarily for transporting persons on a golf course. It must have a minimum of four wheels and has an attainable top speed not greater than 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface and which is manufactured primarily for transporting persons on a golf course and in compliance with those federal motor vehicle safety standards for low-speed vehicles.

Neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) (includes low speed vehicles "LSV") as defined below:
A vehicle that can attain a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour on a paved level surface and otherwise complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 500; Low-Speed Vehicles. This standard specifies requirements for low-speed vehicles. A low-speed vehicle is a four-wheeled motor vehicle, other than a truck, whose attainable speed is more than 32 km/h (20 mph) and not more than 40 km/h (25 mph). The standard requires ten specific items of safety equipment. ** Has a normal maximum speed of 20—25 mph (LSV) or 20—35 mph (NEV).

ATV and Off-Highway Vehicles:

In accordance with state law, generally, a person may not operate an ATV or ROHV on a public street, road or highway, except as allowed under V.T.C.A., Transportation Code § 663.037.

(1-d)  "Off-highway vehicle" means:
(A)  an all-terrain vehicle or recreational off-highway vehicle;
(B)  a sand rail; or
(C)  a utility vehicle.