ROVs and Golf Carts on Bolivar beaches
of ATV / ROV
ATV – sometimes called
– is a motor vehicle,
equipped with a saddle seat, designed to propel itself with three or
four wheels on the ground and manufactured for off-highway use.
– sometimes referred to as a “mule”
– is the same as an ATV except that it is equipped with a
non-saddle (bench or bucket) seats.
ATVs and ROVs may be operated on any public beach
on Bolivar Peninsula except for any area closed to vehicular traffic or
on any sand dune. State law prohibits driving any ATV or ROV on any
public roadway, which includes all roadways, road shoulders and ditches
anywhere on Bolivar Peninsula.
You must transport the ATV or ROV to the beach using a road-legal motor
vehicle (in the bed of a pickup truck, as an example) or using a
road-legal trailer. “Road-legal” means that the
vehicle and/or trailer is in full compliance with statutes regulating
operation of a motor vehicle on a public roadway (license, insurance,
A driver’s license is not required. Children under 14 may
drive an ATV or ROV in any area where it is legal to operate only under
the direct supervision of a parent or guardian, or under the direct
supervision of an adult authorized by the child’s parent or
Other laws regulating the operation of motor vehicles –
including speeding, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, and
others, apply to the operation of ATV/ROV in all
circumstances, even on public beaches.
Driving an ATV or ROV on private property is allowed only if given
permission by the property owner.
There are separate laws that regulate
the operation of golf carts on beaches and roadways.
of a Golf Cart
A golf cart is a motor vehicle. All rules that apply to a car or truck
also apply to golf carts, including traffic laws. All rules apply on
the beach also.
You must have a valid driver’s license to operate a golf
You may only operate a golf cart on a roadway (including ditches) that
has a speed limit of not more than 35 mph. YOU CANNOT OPERATE ON A
HIGHWAY. You may cross the highway at a traffic control device but only
go straight across.
You can only operate a golf cart between sunrise and sunset.
You must have a Slow Moving Vehicle Triangle on the rear of the golf
Neither the driver nor passenger of a golf cart may have an open
container of alcohol, even if it is not moving.
If an unlicensed driver
is operating a golf cart, the parent or person in charge of the cart
may be charged with “allowing an unlicensed driver to operate
a motor vehicle".
A golf cart must have a Bolivar Beach Parking Sticker to park on the
If the golf cart is equipped with safety belts, they must be worn.
the Sheriff's Office...
Asked Questions – ATV/ROV’s
Issued by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office