Vonder Haar v. State, No. 15385 (Alaska May 1, 2015).
David and Paige Vonder Haar bought a golf cart, hoping their son could use it to sell ice cream to overheated pedestrians on the broiling streets of Fairbanks, Alaska. To that end, they asked the Alaska DMV to license the golf cart as a “low-speed vehicle,” a recognized category under Alaska law. The DMV refused, finding that the vehicle wasn’t roadworthy. The Vonder Haars have appealed that decision to the Alaska Supreme Court, which now affirms the DMV, noting that the Vonder Haars didn’t submit any real evidence that the vehicle meets safety standards.