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Well they did it again! Our elected 'representatives' went to Baton Rouge and found another way to squeeze money out of Louisiana citizens and business. This time it's the golf cart industry and any resident who owns or hopes to own a golf cart. In their infinite wisdom, our reps have decided that all golf carts sold, new or used, lifted, custom, or plain ole stock now will need to be registered with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles. Although
I'm sure any of these reps will tell you they had our best interest in mind, I'm thinking if you follow the cash you can make your own decision about whose interest was on their minds as they voted. Lets see who may benefit from this new law.
Perhaps it's the consumer who will benefit? Nope, I can't see a single consumer benefit from this registration. Maybe you can now use your cart on the street? Nope, this is an offroad registration only. More cost will be added to the purchase up front, and you will now have the pleasure and cost of another registration to keep up with in the future.
Is it the golf cart dealer who will benefit? As a golf cart dealer myself, I can assure you first hand this will be a huge set back for my business. First of all, the paperwork will be a major problem. As a small business owner/operator I spend an average of 12 hours a day at my business now, this new law will create paper work I just don't have time to do. Besides my end of the paperwork, I will now have to employ a title company to process these registrations, as well as take care of the notary work. Since there are no new profit benefits to having to register every vehicle I sell, there are no more funds created to allow me to pay for these services. So where will the money come from to pay for the registration and notary fees not to mention the State fees charged for each and every registered vehicle? You guessed it, the customer will have to pay these fees! After all, when you buy a car, motorcycle or ATV, the customer pays the State Title fee, the State handling fee, the State Off Road Sticker fee, and don't forget the Notary fees! The State says no problem, they will allow me to charge you a document fee to cover my end, after all, its just money, right!? More paperwork for me the dealer, more cost for you the consumer, and who profits from all of this? The State of course!
Before you get mad at us dealers for passing these cost to the customer, understand that this economy is hard on everyone. We small business owners are not exempt from high costs at the gas pumps or grocery stores. And I can promise you, I don't know any rich golf cart dealers! This new law will increase my workload and decrease my sales volume because of the higher end prices. As far the commercial end of my business, I have no idea how those customers will feel about having to register an electric vehicle he uses to run parts around his shipyard of fabrication plant. If I was a commercial customer I'd go to any of our neighboring states and purchase my carts. If he buys in Louisiana, I have to charge him registration fees. What's the chance of the state going onto his private property to check to see if his golf carts are registered?! I don't know how this will play out, but this may be a great time to be a golf car dealer in any state close to Louisiana. Leave it to Louisiana politicians to find yet another way to push business across the state line! If this angers you, look to your Representatives who saw another way to take more money from the people they represent to grow State funds they get to spend. If this doesn't anger you, just wait, it's just a matter of time before these self serving politicians get thier hands into something that hits you close to home. Once again these politicians who we elect to serve us have served themselves. If there was just one benefit to either the dealer or golf cart consumer, I could maybe understand the reason for creating this new law. But all I see is another way to squeeze the Louisiana resident. If this angers you as it does me, call your rep. Good luck getting an intellegent explanation, I sure didn't!
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Intelligent answer
If you are looking for an intellegent answer think of it this way:

The bill will make golf carts (a MOTOR VEHICLE just like an ATV/UTV/motorcycles/boats) be registered at the Department of MOTOR VEHICLES. Makes perfect sense to me. Before anyone points out lawn mowers are a motor vehicle, they are a different animal altogether. They are not used (under normal circumstances) to get from point A to point B.

Not a big deal, much bigger fish to fry than that one.
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Louisiana Politics
Slickhead, before you simplify things too much, motorcycles, atvs, and boats are all manufactured with VIN#\'s. All of the vehicles you have mentioned above are manufactured to be used as a mode of transportation. Because of the limitations golf carts have, mainly speed and short duration of run time they are in a different class and therefore have never been required to be registered. The state is taking a large leap when they classify a golf cart as a motor vehicle. I\'m not even sure at this point how this will be done, the current registration form requires a vin# to complete the form. The fact that the motor vehicle registration form will have to be modified to register a golf cart says it all.
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Golf carts
When the industry started building gas powered golf carts ,the writing was on the wall. The industry will have to start putting VIN numbers on all carts . if the carts were only used to play golf i would agree w/ you But they are all over the roads in G.I. and other areas where there are lots of camps. If it is to be used on road why shouldn't it be registered and have to meet on road use standards?
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