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New Florida Golf Cart Law in Effect

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Over 150 new laws went into effect in Florida today. One of them was the option to covert faster golf carts - or similar low-speed vehicles - to even lower-speed carts, saving golf cart owners registration and insurance fees.

A regular golf cart only goes up to 20 mph. Low-speed vehicles can zoom by at more than 20 mph but not more than 25 mph. Unlike golf carts, low-speed vehicles have to be registered and insured.

The new law permits low-speed vehicles to be converted into regular golf cart status for a one time fee of $40 dollars.

Sen. Alan Hays' district includes The Villages - the biggest retirement community in Central Florida. He said this law further accommodates golf cart owners.

"The Villages itself is a community that was designed with golf cart usage in mind and consequently they have trails, they have specific parking spaces for them," he said.  "And more than anything else, just a wonderful convenience is what it boils down to."

Annual registration costs for low speed vehicles average between $46 to $57.

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