By JoEllen Black-Richmond News Publisher
After much debate at a July 1 committee meeting, Richmond City Council’s public safety and ordinance committee recommended to full council an ordinance that’ll require drivers to have a valid driver’s license in order to operate All-Terrain Vehicles, mopeds and golf carts on streets in Richmond city limits. The ordinance was approved by a vote of 5-2 Tuesday night. Councilmen Bob Bond and Sam Coleman voted no. Councilman Ron Peterson was absent.
“At our (July 1) meeting, we considered this ordinance for a long time and options for doing it. We considered safety of operators and others on the road and issues of liability for the city,” said ordinance committee chair Deanna Guy.
Council was asked by military veteran Larry Brune to consider exempting the disabled from the driver’s license requirement at its June 10 meeting. Brune told council he suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that affects his peripheral vision. It was discovered in 1988 when renewing his driver’s license and he was then unable to obtain one.
He said a golf cart has given back some of his independence, allowing him to commute to his home to the veterans building, instead of relying on family for rides.
Mayor Mike Wright and others told Brune they would consider the request. Missouri statute does allow the disabled to operate ATVs with certain restrictions.
Without discussion, the vote was cast 5-2.
The complete story is in the Thursday, July 10, 2014 Richmond News.