A Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) is a four-wheeled motored vehicle with a top speed between 20 & 25 mph, with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 2,500 lbs and meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
There are multiple regulations and requirements involved when operating a LSV within the City of Daphne limits, and it is important to be aware of each.
The terms LSV and Golf Carts are often used interchangeably.
There is no provision of state law that permits the use of vehicles intended to be operated on golf courses to be driven on public roadways.
Requirements for LSV Roadway Operation
LSVs MUST BE registered and tagged through the Baldwin County Judge of Probate’s Office in order to legally operate within the City of Daphne limits.
Registering your LSV
In order to obtain a license plate, the Low Speed Vehicle must have a 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) that meets expectations of the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration. You will be required to have a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin.
Required LSV Safety Equipment
All Low Speed Vehicles are required to have the following:
A windshield meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
Seatbelts for each seat/passenger
Side view and rear view mirrors
Headlights, tail lights and brake lights
Front and rear turn signals
A parking brake
General LSV Operation
LSVs are subject to all state motor vehicle statutes and rules of the road
LSVs may only be operated by licensed drivers
LSVs may not be operated on sidewalks
All Child Restraint Regulations apply to LSVs
LSVs should not be operated on streets with a speed limit above 35 mph or in a manner that otherwise restricts the normal flow of traffic