Legislative Updates from Biker Lives Matter

By February 12, 2020General Posts

ARIZONA

H2285: MOTORCYCLE OPERATION; PASSING VEHICLES [Support]

The operator of a two-wheeled motorcycle is permitted to overtake and pass another vehicle that is stopped in the same direction of travel in the same lane and to operate the motorcycle between the lanes of traffic on a street that is divided into at least two adjacent traffic lanes in the same direction of travel with a speed limit that does not exceed 45 miles per hour, if the motorcycle is traveling at a speed that does not exceed 15 miles per hour.
First sponsor: Rep. Campbell (R – Dist 1)

Categories: SMRO
Single List Comments:
However, the California standard for emissions, aka the CARB standard, violates the black letter that has forced hundreds of businesses in the motorcycle industry to relocate to our beautiful state. While this has had a negative impact on the California economy, it is a windfall for Arizona.

The ability of a consumer to purchase and install federally approved exhaust systems that increases fuel efficiency would be outlawed under CARB standards. This would impact the motorcycle industry into the hundreds of thousands of dollars upwards into the millions each year.

ABATE of Arizona has stood before the Arizona legislature on many occasions and successfully argued with facts and statistics in reference to the emissions output of a motorcycle on our roads. This is why emissions testing requirements were repealed not only in Pima county but in Maricopa county as well.

Any proposed legislation, although well intentioned, will cost Arizona financially in the way of lost businesses, wage earnings and a lifestyle of freedom. And it is this reason we are opposed to any CARB legislation proposed.
On behalf of the 327,000 motorcyclists and thousands of motorcycle related businesses in our state, we oppose this legislation

H2630: MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FUND [Support]

The Director of the Department of Transportation is required to deposit $1 of each motorcycle registration fee collected in the Motorcycle Safety Fund through June 30, 2025, extended four years from June 30, 2021.
First sponsor: Rep. Bolick (R – Dist 20)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R – Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R – Dist 6), Rep. Nutt (R – Dist 14)

FLORIDA

H2007 Provides an appropriation for the Abate of Florida, Inc. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program.

H0455 Provides criminal penalties for person who commits moving violation that causes serious bodily injury to or death of vulnerable road user; requires person to pay specified fine, serve minimum period of house arrest, & attend driver improvement course…

MASSACHUSETTS

S.2380 An Act relative to motorcycle helmets
of Michael D. Brady and Michelle M. DuBois for legislation relative to motorcycle helmets …

S.2091 An Act to promote and advance motorcycle safety
Senate, No. 2091) of Anne M. Gobi for legislation to promote and advance motorcycle safety …

H.3071 An Act relative to motorcycle helmet choice
requirement for operators and passengers on motorcycles over the age of eighteen to wear …

H.3020 An Act relative to motorcycle inspections
by bill, House, No. 3020) of William C. Galvin relative to motorcycle safety inspections …

S.2124 An Act relative to motorcycle permit requirements
2124) of Patrick M. O’Connor for legislation relative to motorcycle permit requirements …

H.3043 An Act relative to motorcycle safety
House, No. 3043) of Bradford Hill and others relative to motorcycle awareness instruction …

H.2967 An Act establishing a motorcycle safety fund
2967) of Jennifer E. Benson and others relative to establishing a motorcycle safety fund …

S.2094 An Act relative to a motorcycle safety fund
other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a motorcycle safety fund …

H.4249 An Act relative to automobile and motorcycle accidents
of persons involved in automobile and motorcycle accidents by news media organizations …

H.2978 An Act relative to a motorcycle safety fund
2978) of Daniel Cahill and others for legislation to establish a motorcycle safety fund …

H.3125 An Act to further regulate motorcycle exhaust sound levels
No. 3125) of Jeffrey N. Roy for legislation to further regulate motorcycle sound levels …

H.3182 An Act relative to motorcycle safety with malfunctioning traffic signals not detecting motorcycles
utilizing vehicle detection devices that are operative due to the size of the motorcycle …

H.2995 An Act relative to the clarification for the definition, testing regulations, and enforcement of motorcycle sound emissions

H.3064 An Act relative to certain motorcycle travel
By Mr. Kelcourse of Amesbury, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3064) of James M. Kelcourse for legislation to authorize motorcyclists to travel in the breakdown lanes …

S.1399 An Act prohibiting profiling of motorcyclists and motorcycle-only checkpoints
for legislation to prohibit profiling of motorcyclists and motorcycle-only checkpoints …

S.2090 An Act relative to standards for protective headgear for operators or passengers on motorcycles

S.2077 An Act allowing in specific situations, motorcyclists use of a breakdown or access lane, or splitting travel lanes
By Ms. DiZoglio (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2077) of Paul W. Cote and Anne M. Gobi for legislation to allow in specific situations, motorcyclists …

H.3083 An Act to allow hardship licenses and interlocking ignition devices on motorcycles
R. Whelan relative to hardship licenses and interlocking ignition devices on motorcycles …

HD.4454 An Act relative to inspections for new vehicles and motorcycles
12) of Shawn Dooley relative to inspections for certain motor vehicles and motorcycles …

H.3041 An Act relative to updating Massachusetts driver education
No. 3041) of Bradford Hill and others relative to motorcycle rider education curriculum …

NEW YORK

A00214 Authorizing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the efficacy of motorcycle helmets

A02210 Authorizes the seizure and impoundment of all terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles operated in violation of the vehicle and traffic law in N.Y. city

A02560 Increases the fine for operating a motorcycle with a muffler that produces excessive or unusual noise from one hundred dollars to seven hundred dollars

A03004 Requires motorcycle user to wear helmets that meet the requirements of the US department of transportation

A03027 Relates to making comprehensive motor vehicle insurance reparations (no-fault insurance) applicable to motorcycles

A03518 Relates to motorcycle profiling

A03731 Prohibits certain children from riding on a motorcycle

A04519 Prohibits the driving of motor vehicles or motorcycles in bicycle lanes and bicycle paths in N.Y. city

A05098 Relates to motorcycle awareness on state highways

A06030 Exempts bicycle, motorcycle, snowmobile and equestrian helmets from sales and use tax

A06080 Provides an exemption from any congestion pricing fees for motorcycles

A06895 Provides that motorcyclists over the age of twenty-one shall be exempt from the requirement to wear a helmet when operating or riding a motorcycle

A08876 Relates to issuance of distinctive plates for members of the Red Knights International Motorcycle Club

S00320 Authorizing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the efficacy of motorcycle helmets

S00398 Allows for distinctive plates to be issued for members of the New York city fire riders motorcycle club

S00994 Prohibits the operation of a motorcycle with any child under the age of 6 thereon, unless the child is seated in a sidecar

S02089 Relates to intermediate side reflex reflectors or intermediate side marker lamps on motorcycles

S06251 Relates to motorcycle insurance policies

TEXAS

Texas Legislature only meets every other year, the odd-numbered ones. so there will be no new laws on 2020.

VIRGINIA

SB 907 Adopts several initiatives related to transportation and safety, including: (i) making it illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, (ii) requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts, (iii) prohibiting the use of handheld personal communication devices, (iv) establishing a speed monitoring program in highway safety corridors that uses a vehicle sensor to take a picture of a vehicle traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, subjecting the driver to a monetary fine, and (v) allowing localities to lower the speed limit below 25 miles per hour in business and residential districts. The Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles will establish an advisory committee to oversee education and enforcement of policies such as the seatbelt and hands-free provisions. The bill also changes the vehicle inspection safety program to only require inspections of salvage vehicles that have been rebuilt for highway use, converted electric vehicles, and off-road motorcycles that have been converted to on-road use.

HB 1236 Authorizes the operator of a two-wheeled motorcycle to pass another vehicle that is stopped or traveling at no more than 10 miles per hour in the same lane, provided that there are at least two lanes of travel in each direction, such motorcycle does not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour, and the operator executes such passing safely.