Post-Session Update:  Golf Carts on City Streets

Three bills passed during the 2017 regular legislative session impact the operation of golf carts and similar vehicles on city streets: House Bill 561, effective immediately; House Bill 920, effective September 1, 2017; and House Bill 1956, effective September 1, 2017. Summaries of each of those bills are available here.

Perhaps the most significant change is found in House Bill 561, which adds new Subchapter G to Chapter 551 of the Texas Transportation Code. This bill authorizes motor carriers (e.g., UPS) to operate golf carts, as well as neighborhood electric vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles, and utility vehicles, on certain streets for the purpose of retrieving or delivering packages.

You can find more details about this issue in a legal Q&A here.  Contact Christy Drake-Adams, TML assistant general counsel, with questions at 512-231-7400 or

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