Golf carts to be allowed on streets in Chase

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CHASE - Golf carts are going to be allowed on some roads in two B.C. communities.

The small vehicles typically populate the links, but in Chase and Qualicum Beach, a new provincial project will allows golf carts on certain roads, provincial transportation minister Todd Stone says in a press release.

“This is not for everyone and not for every community, but for a community like Chase, it makes good sense for their citizens,” Stone says in the release.

Golf carts will have to be insured and registered with seatbelts, a horn and lights installed. There are specific regulations as well, including when and where the carts will be allowed to drive in the municipalities.

The project was pushed by municipalities involved in B.C. on the Move consultations, according to the release. More options for drivers and the environmentally friendly nature of golf carts were cited as reasons for the decision.

The pilot project will run for one or two years in Chase and Qualicum Beach before the province decides whether and where to roll it out in the future.

The first golf carts can hit the roads in September.


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