Proposed ordinance would require tags for rented mopeds, golf carts, and scooters

Proposed ordinance would require tags for rented mopeds, golf carts, and scooters (WPDE)

Myrtle Beach City Council heard its first reading of a proposed ordinance that could require businesses that rent mopeds, scooters, and golf carts to franchise their organizations and get special license plates for their vehicles.

"Just as utility companies use the edge of the rights of ways for utility poles and utility lines, so do the rental companies that rent the golf carts, mopeds, and scooters. They're using public right of way for their business. That's why we're planning to issue franchises for them," said city representative Mark Kruea.

The license plates would cost $25 each year for each vehicle being rented out.

Officials say the plates would allow police to identify the driver of the vehicle if they broke traffic laws.

"If we see it, we may not be able to stop it to know who was driving that particular vehicle. So, having a plate that is unique to the vehicle will make it easier to track back who the offender or offenders may have been," said Kruea.

Kruea says the ordinance is a response to traffic issues police dealt with last Easter with tourists driving golf carts, mopeds, and scooters.

"That's dangerous. It's dangerous for pedestrians, it's dangerous for people who are doing that, and it's dangerous to the other motorists, so we need to reign that in a little bit, get a little more organization to that," said Kruea.

The ordinance's second reading will be in December.

If the ordinance is adopted, the businesses would be required to make the necessary changes in January or early February, before tourist season starts later in 2018.

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