The use of golf carts in rural municipalities, especially in resort communities, is growing quickly and without oversight or guidance. There were no specific regulations allowing municipalities to pass bylaws permitting golf carts to operate within their area.
Dating back to 1991, municipal bylaws have been approved with the understanding that authority existed under The Municipalities Act. Now new changes will provide SGI clear authority to approve municipal bylaws in regards to local bylaw use, providing safety and consistent oversight for the practice.
Questions and Answers
On what basis would a golf cart bylaw be approved? Will there be common standards?
SGI will work with municipalities to ensure that the risks and hazards associated with operating golf carts on public roads are properly identified and managed through the adoption of a set of best practices that address common safety concerns such as, but not limited to:
- the definition of a golf cart
- qualifications of the driver
- range and route restrictions
- hours of operation
- speed restrictions
- minimum insurance requirements
Will the Highway Traffic Board approve these bylaws?
No. SGI, as the administrator of The Traffic Safety Act, will be responsible for approving these bylaws.
What if a municipality doesn't want to allow the operation of golf carts?
Each municipality is responsible for submitting their own bylaw for approval by SGI. If a municipality chooses not to allow the operation of golf carts, they simply do not pass a golf cart bylaw.
If a golf cart bylaw is passed in my municipality, can I use my golf cart for personal conveyance other than golfing?
Bylaws will only be approved if specific conditions are met. Among other conditions, bylaws will only be passed if the operation of a golf cart is to/from a golf course.
Is a driver's licence required to operate a golf cart?
Yes, at minimum, the operator must hold a valid Class 7 driver's licence.
Do I require liability insurance if operating a golf cart on a public road?
The owner of the golf cart requires a minimum of $200,000 in third-party liability insurance.
Who was consulted with before making this decision?
SGI consulted with various stakeholders, including other Canadian jurisdictions, the City of Regina, the Saskatoon Police Force, RCMP, the Saskatchewan Safety Council, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Saskatchewan Association of Urban Municipalities.
What happens to any existing bylaws?
Current golf cart bylaws that have been previously approved by the Highway Traffic Board, will remain valid for a 2-year period provided they comply with the driver's licence requirement and the minimum insurance requirement. Municipalities have 90 days from the proclamation of the new legislation to provide SGI with a copy of their current bylaw.
Any current bylaws will be deemed invalid after 2 years.
New bylaws will need to comply with the set of best practices and will be required to be approved by SGI. New bylaws will not be deemed in force unless approved by SGI.
Municipalities are required to submit bylaws to:
Manager, Vehicle Registration Policy & Permit Services
Saskatchewan Government Insurance
2260 – 11th Ave.
What do other jurisdictions do?
There is no provincial legislative or regulatory provision allowing a municipality to enact a bylaw permitting the operation of a golf cart on a public road in British Columbia, Alberta or Manitoba.
What is the penalty if these regulations are not being adhered to?
Penalties and fine levels vary. For example:
- Operating a golf cart without a driver's licence - $100
- Operating a golf cart where prohibited - $40