Monmouth City Council Approves Golf Cart and Non-Highway Vehicle Ordinance


In a 6-2 vote, Monmouth City Council has approved the ordinance regulating the operation of golf carts and non-highway vehicles within the City of Monmouth. Individuals seeking to register a golf cart or non-highway vehicle will need to pass inspection by the Monmouth Police Department and pay an annual registration fee of $50. Communications Director Ken Helms shares regulations that will need to be implemented on the vehicle:

This ordinance regulating the use of golf carts and non-highway vehicle within the City of Monmouth will be in full force ten days following publication. A complete list of requirements and regulations to be followed, as well as streets not to be traveled on, will be outlined on the City of Monmouth website and Facebook pages.

**Written by WMOI/WRAM Director of Communications Kelsey Crain**

Following statement from the City of Monmouth Facebook page…

During the August 15th Council Meeting, an ordinance authorizing golf cart use on select City streets was passed. The ordinance does not take effect for 10 DAYS, and any golf cart must be inspected by the Police Department before it may be operated on city streets. After inspection, a sticker will be attached to the cart to prove legality.

The ordinance does require that golf carts/UTVs have additional equipment that is not generally installed on carts from the factory but is necessary for safety considerations when used on a public roadway.

The equipment requirements (direct from the ordinance) are as follows:

A windshield, seat belt, brakes, steering wheel, tires, a rearview mirror, red reflectorized warning devices in the front and rear, and a slow-moving emblem (as required of other vehicles in Section 12-709 of the Illinois Vehicle Code) on the rear of the Golf Carts and Permitted Non-Highway Vehicles; a headlight that emits a white light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the front, a tail lamp that emits a red light visible from at least 100 feet from the rear, brake lights, and turn signals.

Golf carts (Not LSVs) are also not allowed to operate on the following roads:

1. Broadway

2. Main Street

3. South Sunny Lane

4. West 11th Ave.

5. South D St. – from West 11th Ave. to West 6th Ave.

6. West 6th Ave. – from South C St. to South Main St.

7. Highways 34 and 67

8. Harlem Ave. from Highway 34/67 to North 6th St.

9. North 11th St from Broadway to Highway 34

10. Public Square

11. North 6th Street and North 6th Street Road (from Broadway to the northern city limits)

12. Any roadway designated as a truck route except for South D St. north of West 6th Ave.

A one-time fee of $50.00 will be charged by the Police Department for inspection of the cart, and an annual $50.00 fee to license the cart for operation will also be incurred.

If you would like to schedule an inspection/registration of your cart, please call 309-734-8383 after August 29th.

The full text of the ordinance may be found at

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