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Lisbon passes golf cart ordinance

LISBON (KWWL)-- The city of Lisbon, population around two thousand, yet is taking progressive, none the less.

Lisbon is now part of the growing number of cities in the state where people can get to their destinations via golf carts.

"We did have interest when the price of gas went up so high and now that we have a new council that's more receptive to passing this, we've gone through with it," said Lisbon Mayor Pro-Tem John Bardsley.

Under the new ordinance any person 18 years or older with a valid driver's license and insurance can drive a golf cart on city streets.

"It's a matter of going green, too.  We're wanting to be more of a green community," Bardsley said.

"Hardest part on a car is starting it up every day just driving short trips.  So if you can save the wear and tear on the car and save fuel every day, it's a great deal," said Eric Robison of Lincolnway Custom Golf Cars.

Eric Robison is the general manager of a golf cart shop in town.  Since the ordinance passed, the shop has been busy taking phone calls.

"A lot of questions. What do you need on them, do you have to have plates, registration, insurance, etc.?" said Robison.

Under the ordinance and state code, all carts must have a slow moving vehicle sign, a safety flag, and brake lights.

"We want the people that are operating them on city streets to be as safe as possible," Bardsley said.

In the coming days, main street in Lisbon could have a whole new look to it.  Now that's progressive.

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