A motorized cart ordinance went into effect Tuesday. Residents who registered their cart with the Paulding County Marshal Bureau, have been approved and placed their reflective decals on their motorized carts are allowed to drive on designated roads and recreation paths.
Designated roads are public county roads with a posted speed limit of 25 mph which the department waiver review committee has authorized for cart travel and is on file at the county transportation department, according to the ordinance.
Recreation paths are paved paths that are at least six feet wide, and are intended for walking or biking. They must be owned by the county or in county right of way. This does not include the Silver Comet Trail or paths within county parks.
Government Services Director Chuck Rann said the registration package can be downloaded at paulding.gov under the marshal bureau’s tab.
Once the package is complete it will need to be turned in with a picture of the cart being registered, the owner’s valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and the title or bill of sale for the vehicle. Once approved the owner will receive their decals for their cart.
“The purpose [for the decals] is to designate them from unregistered carts,” Rann said.
Those driving the cart must be 16 or older with a valid driver’s license to drive the cart, and 15-year-olds with a permit may drive with someone 18 or older with a license, or with their parents or grandparents, he said.
Rann said he believes most of the residents who will register their carts will be in the Georgian, Bentwater and Seven Hills areas. There also have been residents and home developers requesting the ordinance, Rann said.
“From what I have seen there is a demand to utilize it,” he said.
The Paulding County Board of Commissioners adopted the ordinance June 25 and the marshals have been taking applications since Sept. 16.
Gene Miller of Villa Rica was the first resident to register his cart.
“It wasn’t hard at all,” he said.
All a resident has to do is print the registration package, read it and turn everything in, Miller said.
He said he does wish that it allowed 14- and 15-year-olds to drive alone, but it will help alleviate the problem of some children who are too young driving the carts.