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Toledo Council allows age 16 for golf carts

August 19, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

No comments were heard on a proposed ordinance amendment which allows licensed 16-year-old drivers to operate golf carts on city streets during a Toledo City Council public hearing on Monday night, Aug. 5.

Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall said he foresaw no issues with the change.

In turn council members voted 5-0 to waive three readings and approved lower the age restriction from 18 years old to 16 years old.

City resident Barb Jordan had requested the council to consider the change at a July 8 meeting. She said then , "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."


Provisons of the Toledo 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.

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 op



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