Richmond city commissioners are considering an ordinance that would allow residents to drive golf carts and off-road vehicles on city streets.

Commissioner Barry Beard brought the matter up last month after he visited a community where golf carts and ATVs were allowed on roadways.

In Texas, the beach community of Port Aransas allows golf carts and ATVs on public roadways. City Attorney Gary Smith said state law allows golf carts and ATVs on public roadways.

However, most cities have ordinances prohibiting the use of off-road vehicles on public streets.

Therefore, any community that wants to allow them must pass a new ordinance. Smith said drivers of off-road vehicles still must have a driver’s license, and vehicles must have lights, slow-moving vehicle reflectors, seat belts and other safety requirements.

The commissioners will discuss the matter further at a future meeting.

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