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Lower age limit sought for licensed drivers of golf carts on Toledo streets

July 17, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

When implemented seven years ago, July, 2012, the Toledo Council's city ordinance regulating golf cart operation on city streets provided for operators to have a driver's license and be at least age 18.

On Monday, July 8, Toledo resident Barb Jordan urged the present city council to lower the restriction on operators to age 16, the age in which they can obtain a regular driver's license in the state. "If a 16-year-old has a driver's license and can drive to Des Moines, they should be able to drive a golf cart," Jordan told council members.

Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall said his department had very few problems with golf carts being operated over the period since they became legal.

Council members indicated they would favor the change and directed a review of the ordinance amendment be included on the July 22 meeting agenda.


Provisions of golf cart ordinance include an inspection of the cart and issuance of a license sticker at a fee of five dollars from the city clerk's office. Proof of liability insurance coverage must be provided.

City Clerk Kim McAdoo told council members the current license fee does not cover the cost of city licensing.

Assistant City Clerk Jill Apfel told The Chronicle a total of 21 golf carts are licensed for use in Toledo.

In addition to the current driver's license requirement, golf carts are prohibited from being operated on Business Highway 30, U.S. Highway 63 and the South Tama Recreation Trail. They may cross the roadways when following city streets however.

The carts must be equipped with a bicycle safety flag, slow-moving vehicle sign, adequate brakes and head and tail lights. They may only be operated on city streets between sunrise and sunset and may not exceed 25 mph.

In other council business:

a liquor license renewal for Bumblebee's Bar for a Class C permit, outdoor and Sunday sales and a special Calss C beer and wine permit for the Toledo Community Theatre Guild- Wieting Theatre were approved.

a building permit for Chris Blocker for a 16 ft. X 20 ft. shed at 202 West Mill Street at a cost of $1,000 was reviewed.



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