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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby Rocket » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:41 am

Welcome to Buggies!!! :mrgreen:

I use a Slow moving sign (because thats what my county requires) and it works just fine......... I don't think after dark it would though.... :oops:

Again,, welcome!
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby cb1000rider » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:19 pm

Can anyone give me an update on this? We've purchased a Yamaha Rhino.
Is registration actually required - or simply meeting the requirements per state of a LSV?
We did get some push-back towing a jetski into a nearby state park (I'm that close) - saying that it was an ATV and ATVs were not allowed...
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby Gornoman » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:28 pm

EVERY state is different. Where are you located?
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby cb1000rider » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:35 pm

Sorry.. I absolutely missed posting that.
I'm in Texas. Travis county.
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby cb1000rider » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:47 pm

Seems that UTVs are being classified as ATVs, which makes them illegal... Can you get away with it? Perhaps..
Is it "legal" to prevent registration of UTVs and classify them as ATVs - not from where I'm sitting, TXDOT seems to be doing it to keep them off the roads, as many of these vehicles were used on roads with speed limits of higher than 35mph - which should be a separate enforcement issue.

Seems that if I want a truly legal "Rhino" - I'll have to make it street legal like a dune buggy.

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Registrations to stop for Utility-Type Vehicles (UTVs);
rules for golf carts under review by lawmakers


On September 15, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will stop accepting new registrations for Utility-Type Vehicles (UTVs)

TxDOT’s Vehicle Titles and Registration Division (VTR) announced today that it will begin classifying all UTVs as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), meaning the UTVs will no longer be allowed on public roads. UTVs with current registration will be allowed on the streets until the registration expires.

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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby cb1000rider » Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:42 pm

Has anyone tried going for fully street legal?
TX has cut off the ability to make UTV's "slow moving vehicles" - which is unfortunate, as that limits them to streets under 35mph. Use on public roads could be handled by educated enforcement - IE - ticketing/arresting guys running these down the highway.

As I see it now the only *other* option is to pursue a fully street legal status - like a rail buggy... The only impediment I see is a title that says "non-highway use only" - which is consistent with Low Speed Vehicle Use.


Or buying a Joyner... A true 60+ mph UTV...
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby cb1000rider » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:48 pm

As of 9/2009: All UTVs and Golf carts will be illegal on any roads.
Exceptions are:
1) When authorized by a private development.
2) When authorized by the city.
3) Within 2 miles of a golf course (Golf carts only)

See:
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81 ... 02553F.htm

The bill would amend various provisions of the Transportation Code and establish new Subchapter F relating to the authority for and limitations on the operation of golf carts on certain public roadways, public or private beaches, and within a master planned community. The bill would prohibit the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) from registering a golf cart for operation on a public highway. The bill would specify that TxDOT is authorized to issue license plates for a golf cart as authorized under current law. The bill would authorize the governing body of a municipality to allow the operation of a golf cart on a public highway within the corporate boundaries of the municipality if the posted speed limit on the public highway is not more than 35 miles per hour and the golf cart has the equipment specified by the bill. These provisions of the bill would take effect September 1, 2009.
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby saltwaterstriker » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:05 am

So I guess as long as my city doesn’t prohibit them, I should still be good? All of our streets are 35 mph and under.
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby Gornoman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:14 am

saltwaterstriker wrote:So I guess as long as my city doesn’t prohibit them, I should still be good? All of our streets are 35 mph and under.


No, if your city ALLOWS them, you are OK.
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby saltwaterstriker » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:53 pm

How would that work? I've talked to the mayor, city manager and chief of police, and they are all on board. Does the city council have to pass a resolution specifically allowing them? Also, they only mention highways here, what about residential streets?

At the very least I know I won't be getting pulled over by a city cop, but after going through the hassle of getting plates, I'd like know that everything is actually square.
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby cb1000rider » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:24 pm

TXDOT doesn't really distinguish highways and arterial roadways.
IE - ATVs are "not for highway use" - TXDOT interprets this as "not for street use".
You would need to get your city counsel to adopt some legislation to make golf carts legal for street use (probably with some binder conditions, such as "during daylight hours" and "on streets with speed limits of under 35mph".




Note, if you live within 2 miles of a Golf Course and are traveling to or from that golf course, you're going to be exempt.
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby TxCartBuilder » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:38 pm

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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby saltwaterstriker » Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:43 pm

Where can I find a list of who voted on this bill and how they voted. It'll be good info next November.
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby michel-tx » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:21 pm

Registered, titled golf carts are street-legal in Texas. The problem is that as of September 1, 2009, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) no longer registers or titles golf carts. Existing titles and registrations are legal until they expire
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Re: Texas - Street Legal?

Postby saltwaterstriker » Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:32 am

I’m starting to see stories of small towns in Texas adopting legislation “legalizing” carts. The catch? Annual registration and inspection fees. Some upwards of $100 (for both). Unsettling trend.
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