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Golf cart registration gets new push

One-time fee from Public Safety is $10

By Mike Wood

Staff writer

A renewed push is underway to have residents register the golf carts they own.

There is a one-time $10 fee to obtain a registration from Public Safety. No renewal is required, Public Safety Manager Tom Cashion said.

The fee gets the owner a sticker for their cart and puts their cart information into Public Safety’s records. Cashion said an updated flyer is available at Public Safety. Registration forms are available at www.rossmoor.com on the Public Safety and Security page.

“The advantage of it is, simply, if a cart is parked in the wrong place, or if it gets lost, we have some way of getting it back to its owner,” Director of Golf Mark Heptig said. “That’s really the whole point of the deal.”

It’s a requirement under GRF Board Policy 103.1.1, which states that all golf carts used on GRF property, including all streets, parking lots and golf courses, be registered with GRF.

Golf carts must be taken to the Public Safety Office at Creekside to be registered. The $10 fee is payable by check, credit card or debit card. A registration sticker is placed on the back of the cart by Public Safety.

“We have had carts disappear; somebody’s taken it out of their garage and it ends up somewhere,” Heptig said. “It’s nice to be able to get it back to the owner.”

Cashion cited those same benefits, as well as instances when a cart is stolen.

During the March 15 Policy Committee residents’ forum, Carl Brown raised the cart registration issue, saying the policy, which became effective in July 2016, “has no teeth.” Brown said he has noticed a number of golf carts that are unregistered.

Most of the golf carts are electric. Because no one can buy a gas-powered golf cart in California, what was once a 50/50 split has tilted drastically in the electric direction, Heptig said.

EV charger usage for carts within a Mutual in common-use areas becomes an unknown variable with numerous unregistered carts, something Brown was concerned about.

Because promotion of the need for registration subsided when the COVID-19 pandemic began, there are many newcomers to Rossmoor who are likely unaware of the registration requirement, Heptig said.

Don’t let the term “golf cart” make anyone think cart ownership is exclusive to those who own a set of clubs.

“There are lot of people who don’t play golf and have a golf cart; they just use it as their second vehicle,” Heptig said. “The purpose of having it registered is the same reason as if they play golf: so we can identify it.”

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