2013-01-30 / Front Page

Golf cart registration to begin Feb. 4

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


A yellow/gold background sticker will be issued for daytime/ nighttime vehicles approved by the City of Millen. (Photos contributed) A yellow/gold background sticker will be issued for daytime/ nighttime vehicles approved by the City of Millen. (Photos contributed) Anyone desiring to operate a golf cart or any other personal transportation vehicle or motorized cart on city streets must register the vehicle with the City of Millen.

Initial registration will take place at the City of Millen Municipal Building Feb. 4 – May 1 before any citations are issued. After this time period, registration may occur any time by contacting City of Millen Code Enforcement Officer Robert Reeves Jr.

Registration is required by anyone desiring to operate these vehicles on city streets, even if they live outside the city limits of Millen. The registration fee will be $15. Should the owner of the vehicle move to a new address or sell the vehicle, registration must be renewed and the registration fee paid again.

The owner of the vehicle is responsible for the following list of equipment for inspection purposes: braking system sufficient for the weight and passenger capacity; parking brake, reverse warning devise, equipped with an on/off switch or key; two operating headlamps; braking lights, visible from 500 feet; horn; rearview mirror; safety warning label; hip restraint; hand holds; and reflectors. Gasoline or propane vehicles must have a speed governor and exhaust system in good working order.


A silver background sticker will be issued for daytime only vehicles approved by the city. A silver background sticker will be issued for daytime only vehicles approved by the city. In addition, the owner must show a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. This means that minors who do not have a valid driver’s license will not be allowed to operate a golf cart, motorized transportation vehicle or motorized cart on city streets. The owner of the vehicle will be held responsible and will be cited should this or any other violations occur.

Millen Police Chief Dwayne Herrington called attention to the fact that vehicles commonly referred to as “4-wheelers” are not allowed on city streets and violators are, and will continue to be, cited.

During registration of golf carts, the Code Enforcement officer will go through the list of requirements for the inspection and indicate on the registration form acceptance/denial of each item. If “all” requirements are met, the vehicle will receive a PTV/MC registration sticker. If any deficiencies are noted, they will need to be corrected “before” registration is completed. The owner will be allowed one additional attempt to register the vehicle within a three month period, after which a new registration fee will be required.

In addition, all vehicles must meet requirements of state law which mandates that golf carts weigh less than 1,300 pounds and personal transportation vehicles no more than 1, 375 pounds and cannot exceed 20 mph. The carts can carry no more than seated positions that are on the cart. If the vehicle does not comply, it cannot be legally registered or used on approved streets.

Vehicles will be issued either a silver background sticker for daytime only vehicles or a yellow/gold sticker for daytime/nighttime vehicles.

Golf carts are not allowed on federal or state highways which, in the City of Millen, include Highway 25, South Masonic Street, North Masonic Street and Winthrope Avenue. However, the vehicles may cross these streets.

Violators will receive a warning ticket until May 1. After that, violators will be cited and must appear before the City of Millen Municipal Court Judge who could impose a fine of up to $1,000. Owners of the vehicles will be held responsible for any violations involving their vehicles.

Copies of the registration requirements are available at the City of Millen Municipal Building.

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