Brewer revives golf cart bill

Published 5:36 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Del. Emily Brewer, R-Isle of Wight, has revived a bill that would allow golf carts on 35 mph roads in Smithfield.

The bill authorizes the town, by ordinance, to allow golf carts or utility vehicles on designated public highways where the speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less — and to cross any highway marked as a golf cart crossing by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

State law currently allows golf carts only on roads where the speed limit is 25 mph or less, and they aren’t allowed to cross a road where the speed limit is 35 mph or higher.

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Brewer had proposed the legislation last year at the town’s request as House Bill 1752. But it stalled in the House of Delegates’ Transportation Motor Vehicle Subcommittee.

The revived legislation, designated House Bill 1072 for the 2022 session, was referred to the House Committee on Transportation Jan. 12, and to the House Subcommittee on Highway Safety and Policy on Jan. 20.