Cross-county carting ahead?

Fayette may allow 15-year-old drivers in unincorporated county

A proposal to update the golf cart regulations for unincorporated Fayette County, allowing 15-year-olds to drive solo if they have a learner’s permit, will be considered Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission.

Along with the new regulations will be a $15 fee every three years for unincorporated county residents to register their golf cart, with the idea they will be able to drive it in Peachtree City and Tyrone as well without having to register their cart in either city.

County Commission Chairman Steve Brown has wanted the changes in an effort to make it easier for Peachtree City residents to be able to drive to the Starr’s Mill High School campus. However, such an initiative lacks a cart path leading from Redwine Road back to the school, as well as a separate parking area for golf carts similar to the golf cart parking available at McIntosh High School.

Children ages 12 to 14 will be allowed to drive a golf cart so long as they are accompanied by a passenger who is at least 18 years old and holds a driver’s license, according to the new ordinance.

The new ordinance also requires owners of gas-powered golf carts to make sure the exhaust system function is “in good working order” and failure to do so can result in revocation of the cart’s registration.

The matter will be discussed at the commission’s regular meeting Thursday at 7 p.m., at the county administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville.

The commission has specifically asked for public input on the new ordinance.