MWCD golf cart policy takes effect in 2010

January 13, 2010

A policy to legalize the use of golf carts on the public roadways and property of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) takes effect in the spring of 21010.


Based on the recommendations of a task force that held meetings and conducted research on the topic, the MWCD Board of Directors approved a golf cart policy in 2009. Owners of golf carts will be required to meet equipment standards, pass an inspection, license their cart and acquire a permit from the MWCD to legally operate the carts on MWCD roadways.

Inspections can be scheduled with MWCD staff members at the following locations during March:


March 6, 7, 20 and 21 – Atwood, Tappan and Charles Mill regions.

March 13, 14, 27 and 28 – Leesville, Seneca, Piedmont and Pleasant Hill regions.


At the time of inspection, all golf cart owners must present a valid driver's license and proof of insurance.


Because most of the MWCD roadways are identified as public roadways by the State of Ohio, they are subject to the state’s traffic laws, which include the operation of golf carts. The Ohio Revised Code mandates that the MWCD develop a policy and regulations for the legal operation of golf carts on MWCD roadways and property.


Owners of golf carts will be permitted to use their carts off of marked roads for specific situations provided that a permit has been obtained from the MWCD.


The task force was comprised of MWCD staff, members of the MWCD Development Advisory Committee, seasonal campers, cottage site lessees, youth camp managers and adjacent property owners. Input also was received from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.


Copies of the policy and regulations, as well as additional information, are available at this link: /recreation/golf-cart-policy, at the MWCD main office at New Philadelphia and at each of the five MWCD lake park offices (Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan lakes).


The MWCD policy applies only to golf carts operated on MWCD public roadways and MWCD property. It does not cover the operation of golf carts on any other public roadways, public property or private roads and private property.


For more information, schedule an inspection and to obtain permits, contact the MWCD.





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