Information on Low Speed Vehicles

 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:

      1. 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.
      2. Off-road tires may not be used on Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.
      3. Each Neighborhood Electric Vehicle must have a valid SIPOA Entry Device.
      4. Only drivers having a valid driver’s license may operate Neighborhood Electric Vehicles on SIPOA roads.
      5. Neighborhood Electric Vehicles may not be operated on any bicycle path, walking path or boardwalk or on the beach.
      6. Whenever possible, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles must be parked in a garage, carport or under a condo or villa during charging.
      7. Neighborhood Electric Vehicles shall be subject to the parking restrictions contained in these Rules and Regulations.