The Electric Neighborhood Vehicles (NEV) that are manufactured by MIROX Corporation under the OKA Brand Name are more than just ordinary utilitarian Golf Carts that have been "legalized" for Street use!
That is why we like to refer to them as "Cars".
This is because in our NEVs you find carlike features that are generally not available from other manufacturers of NEVs.
Also ALL our models are already fully equipped so they are legally classified as Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) or Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) and therefore can be registered in most States for operation on public streets.
In 1998 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established a limited set of safety standards for low-speed vehicles (LSVs) intended for vehicles used "to make short trips for shopping, social, and recreational purposes primarily within retirement or other planned communities with golf courses."
To qualify as an LSV, a vehicle must have:
LSVs are exempt from most federal safety standards that apply to motor vehicles, and they are not required to meet any criteria for vehicle crashworthiness.
A Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) as defined in FMVSS #500 is a vehicle that must be equipped with all of the following:
States, not NHTSA, are responsible for regulating the operation of motor vehicles on public roads and for handling of LSV titling and registration.
Most states allow LSVs to attain speeds no greater than 25 mph on roadways with speed limits of no more than 35 mph.
Four states (Connecticut, Mississippi, Montana, and Pennsylvania) do not have statutes allowing the use of LSVs on their public roads.
Many states allow their departments of transportation or local jurisdictions to restrict the use of LSVs on their roads.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #500
Generally YES, but there are some exceptions that vary from State to State and even each Locality may have specific rules for use of LSV or NEV on public roads.
In California this rule applies:
Registration is required if you operate your NEV on a highway designated for such use by ordinance or resolution within one mile of a golf course. You may not operate on roads with speed zones above 25 mph except by ordinance or resolution by a local authority.
Also NEV is operated anywhere other than private property, following requirements apply:
If you drive your NEV on the road it must be equipped with:
California Vehicle Code Section 385.5
Click the PDF Icon below to download document prepared by California DMV for NEV and eGC owners:
For quick reference of current regulations applicable to LSVs in all States in USA, click the IIHS logo or link below to check their web page that is maintained and updated by IIHS:
USA Map: roads on which low-speed vehicles are permitted
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