Laying down the law

Several new laws go into effect September 1 that affect motorcycles. Here are some of the Highlights:

HB 537 includes the provision that prohibits a motorcycle operator from carrying a passenger under the age of 5 unless the child is seated in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle.
Full version of HB 537

HB 2012 increases the penalty by making it a Class A misdemeanor if the person driving
without insurance or a valid driver license has an accident and someone is seriously injured or dies as a result of that accident.
Full version of HB 2012

SB 129 defines some smaller electric scooters as “not” motorcycles and exempts them from licensing and helmet requirements.
Full version of SB 129

Senate Bill 1967 makes several motorcycle related changes including changes to helmet requirements, licensing requirements, and penalties for failure to yield right-of-way.
Full version of SB 1967

Several blog sites mention that riders caught without an “M” endorsement on their drivers license will have their bikes impounded until they get the endorsement. I’ve been unable to find the specific bill that references this. It’s possible that it’s not a new bill, merely an increased emphasis on enforcing licensing. Either way, those riding without the endorsement may have their bikes impounded.

— Guy Wheatley

One Response

  1. Victor McMillan Says:

    I just started reading this blog today and am finding it very interesting. I presently live in Harlingen Texas, a long way from Texarkana, but was raised in NW Arkansas. I also went to jump school at Ft. Bragg but in 1959. I’m 70 now but still get some riding time in or will when the weather cools down. Most of our riding here in done in the winter when the weather is perfect.

    Keep up the good words enjoy the breezes. Thanks Vic

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