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Subpart 45-6









General requirements












Go-kart track surfaces



Go-kart track barriers



Access and egress









Historical Note: Subpart (§§ 45-6.1 – 45-6.10) filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct. 27, 2000.
(§ 45-6.1 Application.

This section covers the operation, maintenance, and design of amusement devices commonly referred to as go-karts and go-kart tracks. Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct. 27, 2000. § 45-6.2 General requirements.

In addition to the special requirements of  this Subpart, all applicable provisions of Subparts 1 and 2 of this Part (rule) shall be complied with by the owner. Each go-kart track shall be permitted separatlely as required by section 45-1.12 of this Part.  Where there are conflicts between this section and other sections of this Part (rule) this section shall take precedent.

Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000. eff. Oct. 27, 2000.

§ 45-6.3 Exceptions.

This Subpart shall not apply to amusement devices known as bumper cars.

Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff . 

45-6.4 Definitions .

In addition to the definitions in sections 45-1.3 and 45-2.3 of this Part:

(a) “Go-kart” means a self-propelled motorized vehicle that is designed to be driven on a go-kart track where the driver has control over acceleration, deceleration, stopping and steering of the vehicle.

(b) “Go-kart track” means a fixed and defined course designated for the operation of go-karts.

Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct. 27, 2000.

§ 45-6.5 Operations.

(a) Manuals. Each owner of a go-kart track shall have available for review by the commissioner written maintenance and operational manual.

(1) Maintenance manual. The requirements of section 45-1.11(b) of this Part shall apply to both the go-karts and the go-kart track. In addition to the requirements of section 45-1.11(b) of this Part, this manual shall include written procedures for:

(i) brake adjustments and service;

(ii) steering linkage adjustment and service;

(iii) wheel alignment adjustment and service;

(iv) tire inflation pressures;

(v) wheel nut torque values;

(vi) grade of all fasteners;

(vii) torque value or tightening instruction on all fasteners;

(viii) wear and lubrication points including lubricants used;

(ix) frame inspection points;

(x) passenger restraint system and adjustment;

(xi) passenger capacity by weight;

(xii) maximum vehicle operating speeds;

(xiii) all installation, operating, and maintenance manuals or service bulletins which are provided by go-kart manufacturer or its component suppliers;

(xiv) fuel system inspection procedure;

(xv) service and adjustment procedure for all components of the go-kart; and

(xvi) schedule of components requiring periodic maintenance.

(2) Operational manual. Each go-kart location having one or more go-kart tracks shall develop a written operational manual, which shall contain procedures for:

(i) operator job descriptions;

(ii) proper fueling of go-karts;

(iii) dealing with emergency situations; and

(iv) equipment operations.

(b) Warning to passengers and patrons. Each owner of a go-kart track shall post at the entrance to the track, at the pit area, and at the ticket booth a warning sign as required by section 870-e of the Labor Law. In addition to section 870-e this warning shall include the following warnings and instructions:

(1) patrons must obey all instructions given by the operator;

(2) bumping of go-karts is prohibited;

(3) loose clothing and long hair shall be secured;

(4) restraining devices shall be left on;

(5) passengers shall remain in the go-kart until told to leave by the attendant; and

(6) smoking in the go-kart, pit, or any other posted area is prohibited.

(c) Directional Signs. Signs indicating the direction of travel shall be posted in the pit and other locations on the go-kart track as deemed necessary.

(d) Daily inspections. The requirements of section 45-2.7 of this Part shall apply separately to each go-kart and go-kart track.

(e) Control and operation. All go-karts and go-kart tracks shall be operated in accordance with the manual required in subdivision (a) of this section and the owner shall:

(1) authorize each operator to take action to prevent unsafe operation;

(2) provide sufficient number of staff to insure proper operation of the facility; and

(3) train staff in the proper operation of the facility as provided in subdivision (a) of this section.

(f) Maximum Speed. Each go-kart track shall have a maximum speed. The owner shall ensure that a go-kart cannot be operated in excess of the maximum speed. This speed shall be established by the go-kart track designer based on the following conditions:

(1) track design and grade;

(2) track surface;

(3) radius of curves;

(4) age of riders;

(5) go-kart manufacturer’s recommendations; and

(6) minimum height of passengers.

(g) Fire protection. All fire extinguishers shall be serviced annually. Each go-kart track shall have as a minimum one 15 lb. BC rated fire extinguisher in each of the following locations:

(1) pit area;

(2) refueling area; and

(3) garage.


Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct. 27, 2000.


§ 45-6.6 Go-kart track surfaces.

Go-kart tracks shall be designed so that:

(a) the paths do not cross at any location;

(b) surfaces are:

(1) hard and smooth;

(2) free of ruts, holes, and bumps;

(i) dirt go-kart tracks shall be compacted and free of loose stones.

(c) loading and unloading areas are:

(1) clearly designated;

(2) graded;

(3) free of tripping hazards.


Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct. 27, 2000.


§ 45-6.7 Go-kart track barriers.


If sufficient space is not available between the edge of the go-kart track and other obstacles or hazards, then a barrier shall be provided. The barrier shall be designed and installed to:

(a) minimize impact;

(b) absorb shock;

(c) keep go-karts on the go-kart track;

(d) prevent go-karts from running over, under the barrier;

(e) Tire containment systems, if used without a trackside interface, shall:

(1) consist of tires which are securely fastened to each other; and

(2) anchored to prevent relocation upon impact; and


Note:  Tires in containment systems shall have rims removed. Tires with rims shall be allowed in the pit area.


(f) Bridges shall have a barrier system behind the rail system and on either side of approach and egress of bridge, adequate to retain a go-kart on the go-kart track or perimeter surface without allowing the go-kart to rollover.


Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct. 27, 2000.

§ 45-6.8 Access and Egress.

In addition to sections 45-2.11, 45-2.12, and 45-2.13 of this Part go-kart operations shall be surrounded by a fence or other suitable barricade designed to control non-patron access to the facility and to each go-kart track.

(a) Access points shall be clearly marked.

(b) Gates or other suitable controls shall be provided at the entrance and exit.


(c) For go-kart tracks built, or fencing installed, after the effective date of this regulation, fences or barricades shall:

(1) be at least 42 inches high;

(2) have no opening that will pass a 4 inch ball;

(3) and be provided with self closing, self-latching, full height, gates at all entrance and exit points.


Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct 2000.

§ 45-6.9 Go-karts.

All go-karts shall incorporate within their design the following:

(a) a system to restrain the occupants, and roll over protection to, retain the driver and/or passenger in the go-kart in the event of collision or roll over;

(b) padding for component parts including but not limited to headrests and steering wheels;

(c) clearly marked brake and throttle pedals;

(d) Fuels systems shall be designed to minimize fuel spills in the event of a rollover and be:

(1) located away from exhaust;

(2) mounted to minimize the potential for rupture or damage in case of collision, or roll over;

(3) not capable of leaking more than one ounce of fuel from the tank during a five minute period when inverted;

(e) Tires shall be enclosed or guarded where contact with another go-kart could cause injury or a rollover;

(f) A braking system that is capable of overriding the full power of the engine; and

(g) Suitable guards shall be provided on all Go-karts as required by section 45-2.18 of this Part.


Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000 eff. Oct. 27, 2000.

§ 45-6.10 Fueling.

All fuels used for go-karts shall be stored in accordance with nationally recognized standards. Go-karts with leaking fuel systems shall not be used. Any fuel spilt during fueling shall be cleaned up immediately and prior to allowing the go-kart to operate again for the public.

(a) Go-karts shall be fueled only when the go-kart:

(1) is in a designated area away from the public;

(2) turned off; and

(3) empty of patrons.

Historical Note: Sec. filed June 13, 2000, eff. Oct. 27, 2000.



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