Florida Senate - 2023                                    SB 1290
       By Senator Grall
       29-01678-23                                           20231290__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to age and licensure requirements for
    3         operation of a golf cart; amending s. 316.212, F.S.;
    4         prohibiting a person from operating a golf cart on
    5         certain roadways unless he or she possesses a valid
    6         learner’s driver license or valid driver license that
    7         is not suspended or revoked; amending s. 322.04, F.S.;
    8         conforming a provision to changes made by the act;
    9         providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Subsection (7) of section 316.212, Florida
   14  Statutes, is amended, and subsection (9) of that section is
   15  republished, to read:
   16         316.212 Operation of golf carts on certain roadways.—The
   17  operation of a golf cart upon the public roads or streets of
   18  this state is prohibited except as provided herein:
   19         (7) A golf cart may not be operated on public roads or
   20  streets by a any person:
   21         (a)Who is under 16 years of age unless he or she possesses
   22  a valid learner’s driver license that is not suspended or
   23  revoked.
   24         (b)Who is 16 years of age or older unless he or she
   25  possesses a valid learner’s driver license or valid driver
   26  license that is not suspended or revoked the age of 14.
   27         (9) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic
   28  infraction, punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as a moving
   29  violation for infractions of subsections (1)-(5) or a local
   30  ordinance corresponding thereto and enacted pursuant to
   31  subsection (8), or punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as a
   32  nonmoving violation for infractions of subsection (6),
   33  subsection (7), or a local ordinance corresponding thereto and
   34  enacted pursuant to subsection (8).
   35         Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section
   36  322.04, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   37         322.04 Persons exempt from obtaining driver license.—
   38         (1) The following persons are exempt from obtaining a
   39  driver license:
   40         (e)Any person operating a golf cart, as defined in s.
   41  320.01, which is operated in accordance with the provisions of
   42  s. 316.212.
   43         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.