CHAPTER XIV. TRAFFICCHAPTER XIV. TRAFFIC\ARTICLE 6. OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS, WORK-SITE UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MICRO UTILITY TRUCKS; PROHIBITION OF OPERATION OF ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES, POCKET BIKES, AND MOTORIZED SCOOTERS

(a)   Except as provided herein, golf carts may not be operated upon public streets, roads, and alleys within the corporate limits of Sterling.

(b)   “Golf cart” shall be defined as set forth at K.S.A. 8-126(jj) and amendments thereto.

(c)   Subject to the terms and conditions contained in this section, golf carts may be operated on the streets, roads, and alleys within the corporate limits, except they may not be operated on Broadway Street or East Cleveland Street or any other street or roadway having a speed limit in excess of 30 miles per hour; however, golf carts may cross the above-stated streets.

(d)   Golf carts shall only be operated on the streets, roads, and alleys during the hours between sunrise and sunset.

(e)   Prior to operation of golf carts on the streets, roads, and alleys of the City, all golf carts must obtain proper registration from the police department and pay the applicable registration fee of $15.00 per calendar year, or any part thereof. Prior to issuance of such registration, the police department shall inspect the golf cart to assure that it is equipped with sufficient brakes, head lights, tail and brake lights, turn signal equipment, rearview mirror, and a display of “slow moving vehicle” affixed to the back of the golf cart as required by Kansas law. Proof of insurance, as required in Section (g) below, shall be furnished at the time of application for registration. Should the golf cart pass inspection, a registration sticker will be issued and shall be affixed to the golf cart.

(f)   The operator of the golf cart must have in his possession during operation a valid Kansas driver's license.

(g)   Every operator of a golf cart shall provide proof of liability insurance in accordance with the Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities then in effect, and amendments thereto, and the Kansas Automobile Injury Reparations Act, K.S.A. 40-3101 et seq., and amendments thereto.

(h)   No golf cart shall carry more than two (2) occupants per bench seat and in any event no more than four (4) passengers, including the driver. Further, the operator shall not carry any person nor shall any person ride in a position that will interfere with the operation of the golf cart.

(i)    A golf cart shall not be operated nor parked upon any sidewalk within the City.

(j)    Every person operating a golf cart on the streets, roads, and alleys of the City shall be subject to all laws, rules, and regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles within the City, and all restrictions on the operation of golf carts as set forth in the article. Should any conflict exist between the laws regulating motor vehicles and the specific requirements of golf carts as set forth herein, the terms of this article shall prevail.

(Ord. 2419)

(a)   Except as provided herein, work-site utility vehicles and micro utility trucks may not be operated upon public streets, roads, and alleys within the corporate limits of Sterling.

(b)   “Work-site utility vehicle” and “micro utility truck” shall be defined as set forth at K.S.A. 8-126(hh) and (ii) and amendments thereto.

(c)   The rules and restrictions for operation of work-site utility vehicles and micro utility trucks shall be the same as those governing the operation of golf carts as set forth at Section 14-601.

(d)   No more than two (2) persons, including the driver, may be transported in such vehicle during operation on the streets, roads, and alleys of the City.

(Ord. 2419)

(a)   “All-terrain vehicle” shall be defined as any motorized non-highway vehicle 48 inches or less in width, having a dry weight of 1,000 pounds or less, traveling on three or more low pressure tires, and having a seat to be straddled by the operator. As used in this subsection, “low pressure tire” means any pneumatic tire six inches or more in width, designed for use on wheels with rim diameter of 12 inches or less, and utilizing an operating pressure of 10 pounds per square inch or less as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

(b)   “Pocket bike” shall be defined as every device having two tandem wheels, or three wheels, which may be propelled by a gasoline engine and which the headlights are lower than 24 inches, its tailpipe is lower than 15 inches, and no vehicle identification number is located on the vehicle nor can ownership of the vehicle be registered.

(c)   “Motorized scooter” shall be defined as a vehicle consisting of a footboard between two small end wheels, controlled by an upright steering handle attached to the front wheel, propelled by an electric or gasoline motor.

(d)   The operation of all-terrain vehicles, pocket bikes, and motorized scooters on the streets, roads, and alleys within the corporate limits of the City of Sterling is prohibited.

(Ord. 2419)

A violation of this article shall be deemed a traffic infraction. Upon an entry or plea of guilty or no contest, or upon being found guilty of a violation hereof, the penalty imposed shall be in accordance with the penalty section of the Standard Traffic Ordinance then in effect for the City.

(Ord. 2419)