From SIPOA Rules & Regulations
Neighborhood Electric Vehicle: A (NEV) is a battery electric vehicle, defined as a “Low Speed Vehicle” (LSV) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 500. (49 Code of Federal Regulations §571.500). A LSV: (i) is 4-wheeled, (ii) has a top attainable speed in 1 mile of more than 20 mph and not more than 25 mph on a paved level surface, and (iii) has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 2,500 pounds. Only LSV’s registered and licensed under South Carolina law (South Carolina Code of Laws 56-1-10, 56-2-100 to 56-2-130, and 56-5-820), or registered and licensed in another state, shall qualify as a NEV hereunder.
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV)/Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) are permitted on SIPOA roads and approved for street-use only:
- Each Neighborhood Electric Vehicle will be registered and insured pursuant to applicable state motor vehicle laws pertaining to such vehicles, have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and display appropriate LSV license plates.
- Off-road tires may not be used on Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.
- Each Neighborhood Electric Vehicle must have a valid SIPOA Entry Device.
- Only drivers having a valid driver’s license may operate Neighborhood Electric Vehicles on SIPOA roads.
- Neighborhood Electric Vehicles may not be operated on any bicycle path, walking path or boardwalk or on the beach.
- Whenever possible, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles must be parked in a garage, carport or under a condo or villa during charging.
- Neighborhood Electric Vehicles shall be subject to the parking restrictions contained in these Rules and Regulations.