Low-Speed Electric Vehicle Access to Roadways

A low-speed vehicle is defined as a four-wheeled vehicle propelled by an electric motor, combustion-driven motor, or a combination of the two and designed to operate at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour (mph). Low-speed vehicles may operate on roads with posted speed limits of up to 35 mph provided that the vehicle has not been modified to increase its speed above the original standard manufactured limit. Low-speed vehicles may only cross roads with posted speed limits above 35 mph if the intersection is equipped with a traffic signal. Low-speed vehicles must display a vehicle identification number; be titled, registered, and insured as motor vehicles; and meet safety standards specified in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500. (Reference Kentucky Revised Statutes 186.010 and 189.282)