[Adopted 6-16-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-0616]
The purpose of this chapter is to enable the operation of neighborhood electric vehicles in the Village.
As used in this chapter:
- GOLF CART
- A vehicle whose speed attainable in one mile does not exceed 20 miles per hour on a paved, level surface, and is designed and intended to convey one or more persons and equipment to play the game of golf in an area designated as a golf course.
- NEIGHBORHOOD ELECTRIC VEHICLE
- A four-wheeled motor vehicle that is propelled by electric power, that is capable of traveling at a speed on a paved level surface of more than 20 miles per hour and not more than 25 miles per hour, and that conforms to the definition and requirements for low-speed vehicles as adopted in the federal motor vehicle safety standards for low-speed vehicles under 49 CFR 571.3(b) and 571.500. "Neighborhood electric vehicle" does not include a golf cart, motorized wheel chairs or electric/motorized children's toy vehicles.
- NEIGHBORHOOD ELECTRIC VEHICLE ROUTE
- That portion of the Corporate Village limits lying east, and northwest (Francois Oil Co.) of State Trunk Highway 69 and any street, alley or highway within the Village having a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less, but not including any part of State Trunk Highway 69 excepting that part at the intersection of West Coates and STH 69 contiguous to Francois Oil Co., and that part of West Coates Avenue to the Town of Washington limits.
- A series of Arabic numbers and Roman letters that is assigned to a motor vehicle for identification purposes in accordance with the requirements of 49 CFR 565.
A neighborhood electric vehicle operated in the Village shall be equipped with:
Front and rear turn signal lamps.
Reflex reflectors: one red on each side as far to the rear as practicable, and one red on the rear.
An exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle and either an exterior mirror mounted on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror.
A parking brake.
A windshield that conforms to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard on glazing materials (49 CFR 571.205).
A Type 1 or Type 2 seat belt assembly, conforming to 49 CFR § 571.209 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 209, Seat belt assemblies), installed at each designated seating position.
No person shall operate a neighborhood electric vehicle in the Village unless such person possesses a valid operator's license authorizing the operation of a motor vehicle upon Wisconsin highways. No neighborhood electric vehicle may be operated in the Village unless such vehicle has been assigned a VIN and is properly registered under the laws of this state.
It shall be unlawful to operate a neighborhood electric vehicle in the Village except on a neighborhood electric vehicle route as defined in § 10-6-2.
Headlamps must be on at all times during operation of a neighborhood electric vehicle. The operator of a neighborhood electric vehicle shall be subject to, and shall comply with, all laws applicable to the operators of motor vehicles on public alleyways, streets and highways.
The penalty for violation of this chapter shall be the same as the penalty for the same violation committed in the operation of a motor vehicle other than a neighborhood electric vehicle. See Motor Vehicles/Traffic Laws — Monticello Bond Schedule.
Failure to pay. Any person who fails to pay a forfeiture imposed by this chapter shall be subject to the alternate sentencing provisions set forth in §§ 345.47 and 800.09 of the Wisconsin statutes.