Street Legal LSV
Communities are beginning to recognize the value of low speed vehicles for neighborhood trips for shopping, social and recreational purposes. Some retirement and golf course communities have been designed to encourage low speed vehicle usage. The use of these vehicles, instead of larger, gasoline-powered vehicles like passenger cars, provides quieter transportation and uses no gasoline and creates a zero carbon footprint when operating on solar power.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
What makes a Low Speed Vehicle, a LSV, “street legal”?
Federal regulations specify requirements for low speed vehicles. A low speed vehicle is a 4-wheeled motor vehicle, whose attainable speed is more than 20 mph and not more than 25 mph. Low speed vehicles must be driven by a licensed driver.
The standard requires specific items of safety equipment:
- Stop lamps
- Tail lamps
- Rear license plate bracket with either a tail lamp or a separate lamp constructed and placed to illuminate with a white light the rear registration plate and render it clearly legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear
- Front and rear turn signal lamps
- Windshield with an AS1 or AS4 composition
- Type 1 or Type 2 seat belt assembly conforming to section 571.209 of this part, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, Seat belt assemblies at each designated seating position
- An exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle and either an exterior mirror mounted on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror
- Parking Brakes
- Reflex reflectors: one red on each side as far to the rear as practicable, and one red on the rear
- Windshield cleaning device pursuant to 316.2952(3)(4), Florida Statutes
- Horn pursuant to 316.271(1), Florida Statutes
- Slow Moving Vehicle Emblem (SMV) pursuant to 316.2225(7)(a)(b), Florida Statutes
- Top speed is greater than 20 MPH but not greater than 25 MPH pursuant to 320.01(42), Florida Statutes (it can be gasoline or electrical/battery powered)
- Requirement of a weight slip (The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating cannot exceed 3,000 lbs. The GVWR includes the net weight of the vehicle, plus the rated cargo load, plus 150 lbs. times the number of seating positions equipped with seat belts)
Where is it legal to drive a Low Speed Vehicle?
Low speed vehicles can be driven on any road with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. While on a public roadway, the operator could cross over a road with a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour but must travel on roadways with posted limits of 35 miles per hour or less.
Can local governments prohibit Low Speed Vehicles?
Yes, each state and local government has the final say regarding city and state road rules and laws. Always check with your local municipality.
Do I need to register my street legal vehicle with the state?
Yes, one of the requirements to be “street legal” is that the LSV needs to be registered just like an automobile. Registration with the state will be handled by Golf Carts and Trailers of Ft Pierce when you purchase your LSV through us.
Do I need insurance on my LSV street legal car?
Yes, your LSV must be insured just like your automobile.