Gov. vetoes golf cart license requirement
Could have kept unlicensed seniors, 15-year-olds from driving golf carts in Fayette
A bill that could have disallowed 15-year-olds and unlicensed seniors from driving golf carts in Peachtree City has been sacked by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Today Perdue vetoed the bill that would have implemented those restrictions. The law’s enforceability had been called into question because it conflicted with existing laws.
Following is information provided by the Governor’s office:
“The unintended consequences of this legislation would have had a detrimental impact on the citizens of Peachtree City,” said Governor Perdue. “Thanks to Rep. Ramsey and Sen. Chance, we recognized the problems with the bill and asked the sponsors to come back next year with legislation without the language in question.”
The specific language is in Section 2 of the bill: “Operators of golf carts and landscape type vehicles must possess a valid driver’s license.” The intent of the bill was for that provision to apply to motorized carts used for companies distributing packages and other seasonal deliveries. The language, however, was not specific enough to only target those vehicles, and could have been applied to all carts, including golf carts.
“Senator Chance and I, on behalf of the citizens of Peachtree City, truly appreciate Governor Perdue hearing our concerns regarding the potential legal confusion that could have been created by SB 519 and its possible impact on Peachtree City’s long standing motorized cart ordinances,” said Rep. Ramsey.