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