Golf carts, at least modified ones, will soon be allowed on designated streets in two B.C. municipalities including Qualicum Beach.
Premier Christy Clark announced the pilot project today after the province received a number of requests to allow the vehicles on local streets.
Qualicum Beach and Chase are the first towns to get the green light for the pilot project, expected to last a period of between one to two years.
“This change makes it easier for people, particularly seniors, to stay engaged in their community and access services that make their lives better,” said Premier Clark in a press release.
The golf carts will need to meet detailed operating conditions including only driving on municipal roads with maximum speed of 30 km/h during daylight hours.
The vehicles must also be registered and insured and equipped with seat belts, a horn lights, signals, and a rear-view mirror.
Driver’s will need to have a valid driver’s license.
The change comes into effect in September.
“We’ve heard from residents that they would like additional options to use alternative and environmentally friendly vehicles,” said Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek.
“Golf carts will give our town more ways to get around.”
Residents of those communities will be able to purchase golf cart insurance and obtain a permit from their local government.