The following information provided by Lt. Perkins, Lexington Police Department, Bureau of Special Operations, Traffic Division: “The governing body of a local government may authorize and regulate the operation of a golf cart on any public roadway under its jurisdiction if the local government adopts an ordinance specifying each roadway that is open for golf cart use.” As Lexington does not have an ordinance allowing golf carts to operate on the roadway, “the operation of a golf cart on a roadway, other than a designated crossing on or around a golf course is prohibited in Lexington.” This language is taken directly from the an LFUCG website that discusses mopeds and scooters.
Mopeds, go carts, and scooters According to Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS), a motor vehicle is one propelled other than by muscular power, but does not include a moped (as defined below). Motor vehicles must be registered and insured in order to operate on the street. There are a few exceptions such as for some vehicles used in agriculture and construction. The KRS also requires the operators of motor vehicles and mopeds to be appropriately licensed.
City ordinance (RCO 18-25) states that no vehicles of any kind are allowed on sidewalks. Most of the scooter or go-cart type vehicles that do not fit the definition of a moped would not qualify to be registered for street use, and would not be legal to operate on the street, even if the operator was licensed. These motorized vehicles could be operated legally on private property with the permission of the owner. * Note on golf carts: The operation of a golf cart on the roadways, other than a designated crossing on or around a golf course is prohibited in Lexington.