Golf carts new cab option for Oxford

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, September 17, 2015

Want to feel the wind in your hair on the way home from a night out on the town instead of being in a stuffy cab?

Oxford’s aldermen said OK on Tuesday and now golf carts will be an option for getting home under the vehicle for hire ordinance.

The amended ordinance will require golf cart drivers to be at least 21 years old and have a driver’s license in good standing.

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Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Allgood, who also oversees the vehicles for hire codes, told the aldermen Tuesday that golf carts are considered by law to be “low speed vehicles,” and drivers are not required to have a Class D license to transport customers. Low-speed vehicles for hire shall maintain a commercial general liability insurance policy in the amount of at least $1 million per occurrence and $2 million annual aggregate.

Part of the proposed amendment required all vehicles for hire to be inspected annually by a service mechanic since the state no longer requires vehicle inspection. However, Alderman Robyn Tannehill wasn’t happy with the wording and suggested removing the section from the proposed updated amendment and move forward with the rest of the changes.

“We’re close, but we’re just not there yet,” Tannehill said. “We will look at other like-areas and see what they do.”

Mayor Pat Patterson said he wanted as many “safe” options of transportation “on the ground and running,” before the next home football game on Sept. 25. The board made a finding that fast-tracking the new amendments was a safety issue to give people more safe options for traveling to and from the Square and the football game.

Alderman Jay Hughes made the motion to fast-track the ordinance changes and waive the 30-day period since the changes were being made into an existing city law and because the board made a finding that it was in the public’s best interest for safety reasons.

The aldermen will revisit the required inspection section at its next regular meeting, but golf carts are free to get on the road now.