Biloxi PD announces requirements and driver safety tips for golf carts in Biloxi
If you have a golf cart in Biloxi and want to ride on neighborhood streets, here are some helpful safety tips and requirements you’ll need to know.
Biloxi has legalized the use of approved low-speed vehicles, primarily golf carts, on city streets with limits of 25 MPH or lower, but it’s not just a matter of jumping in the golf cart and driving down the street.
Captain Brian Dykes with the Biloxi Police Department says mixing small, low-speed vehicles on the same roads as full-size cars, SUVS, and 18 wheelers will come with responsibilities and enforcement.
Before being used legally, golf carts must be inspected by the police department and must have required safety features.
The process includes an on-site inspection sticker and a $75 fee at the police department before the annual registration sticker is installed. “Remember please, driving a golf cart in a city street has the same standards and responsibilities as driving a vehicle. The driver must have a valid driver’s license. You can drive with a driver’s permit, in the company of a licensed driver over 21 years of age. Along with that you’ll need proof of insurance available at the time of inspection and when operating the golf cart.”
The $75 registration fee is required annually. Golf cart registrants who violate operating requirements may be subject to a fine up to $500.
Golf carts can be driven only on city streets with a speed limit of 25 or less. In some cases, you can cross a street with a speed limit higher than 25 MPH, but golf cart drivers must adhere to all rules of the road.
Golf carts are not allowed on any city street that has a speed limit of more than 25 MPH. This means no golf carts are allowed on U.S. 90. In fact, golf carts are not allowed south of U.S. 90 among the other major thoroughfares where golf carts are prohibited: Pass Road, Popps Ferry Road, Shriner’s Boulevard, Old Highway 67, and all thoroughfares with speed limits of more than 25 MPH.
You can view a list of all available maps with routes on Biloxi’s website at Biloxi.ms.us/golfcarts.