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Low Speed Vehicles (LSV’s)



Dear Mayor:

Effective April 2006, low speed vehicles (LSVs) must be titled and registered to be driven on certain New Jersey roadways. The vehicles must also be properly insured, but are not subject to regular motor vehicle inspection. LSVs are sales tax exempt.

An LSV is a four-wheeled vehicle, as defined in 49 CFR s. 571.3(b), whose attainable speed is more than 20 miles per hour and no more than 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface.  The vehicle cannot be powered by gas or diesel fuel and must comply with federal safety standards as noted in 49 CFR s. 571.500.

Municipalities may ban these vehicles on all their roads by ordinance under this new law.  In recognition of the fact that the law will allow these vehicles on 25 per mile municipal streets before it will be possible for municipalities to put such an ordinance in place, the Motor Vehicle Commission has agreed as a courtesy to temporarily put a list of municipalities who have notified the Commission of plans to ban LSV’s on their website, so that residents will be informed of the ban before purchasing and licensing the vehicles. Until further notice, if your municipality plans to ban LSVs, you may fax an advisory of that fact to Daria Gerard of the MVC at 609-984-1370. If you would like a call to confirm receipt, you must put the phone number and contact person on the fax.

The following are some general guidelines for LSV’s:

  • LSVs may not be driven on roadways with speed limits that exceed 25 mph. In limited cases, if deemed appropriate by a municipality or county or DOT, LSVs may be permitted on roadways with speed limits that do not exceed 35 mph.
  • LSV operators should watch for and abide by road signs prohibiting use even on lower speed roads.
  • LSVs may not be modified golf carts.
  • An LSV must have a 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number.
  • Child restraints in LSVs must meet the same standards as child restraints used in passenger vehicles.
  • LSVs must be operated by a person with a valid driver license only (no permits, provisional or suspended licenses).
  • Properly titled, registered and insured LSVs may be leased or rented for temporary use.
  • An LSV may be registered in the name of an individual, business or government entity, but may not be used as a commercial vehicle.
  • LSVs and their owners/operators are subject to the same motor vehicle violations as other vehicles and drivers except for the regular inspection requirements.
  • All LSVs shall have a safety information decal, as provided by the manufacturer, affixed in a conspicuous place on the rear of the vehicle. The decal shall display in prominent lettering "25 MPH Vehicle."
  • LSVs displaying only one license plate shall have that license plate affixed on the rear of the car.

More information on this new law will be available on the MVC website, .  The Department of Transportation will issue guidelines on the notice that municipalities must provide to DOT to ban or limit the use of these vehicles on their roads.  We will keep you informed of these developments

If you have any questions or concerns about this communication, please contact Deborah M. Kole, Staff Attorney, at the League, ex. 37, or at


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                          Executive Director



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