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Don’t take the car, take the cart

Projects pilot golf cart use on some roads
August 12, 2016 12:46 P.M.
(Village of Chase)

Two B.C. municipalities, including Chase, are testing viability of golf carts on low-traffic roads.

A new pilot project will now allow golf carts to operate on certain local roads in Chase and in Qualicum Beach, providing drivers with more transportation options, Premier Christy Clark said Friday.

“This change makes it easier for people, particularly seniors, to stay engaged in their community and access the services that make their lives better,” Clark said. “By allowing these lower emission vehicles on local streets, we are connecting British Columbians with their families and friends and improving not only their health but the quality of their lives.”

The province received a number of requests. The project runs for a period of one to two years with the aim of providing with information about how and where it could be rolled out in other parts of B.C.

“This project will improve the daily lives of British Columbians,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “This is not for everyone and not for every community, but for communities like Qualicum Beach and Chase, it makes good sense for their citizens. I look forward to the increased use of low-emission vehicles as we work towards our greenhouse-gas reduction goals and aim to increase accessibility in the province.”

The golf carts will need to meet detailed operating conditions and vehicle specifications such as only driving on municipal roads with a maximum speed of 30 km/h during daylight hours. The cart must be registered and insured and be equipped with seat belts, a horn, lights, signals and a rear-view mirror. Drivers will need to have a valid driver’s licence.

The change comes into effect in September, when the communities of Chase and Qualicum will be able to purchase golf cart insurance and obtain a permit from their local government.

"We have heard from residents that they would like additional options to use alternative and environmentally friendly vehicles," said Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek. "Golf carts will give our town more ways to get around and we are thrilled to be part of this pilot project as I believe it is appropriate in our community."

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