PA 10-153—sSB 407

Transportation Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT REQUIRING MOTORCYCLE TRAINING PRIOR TO THE ISSUANCE OF A MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT

SUMMARY: This act requires all applicants for a motorcycle license endorsement, rather than just those under age 18, to demonstrate to the motor vehicles (DMV) commissioner that they have successfully completed a novice motorcycle training course. By law, the course must be conducted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) or a firm or organization conducting a course that uses the curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or other safety or educational organization that has developed a curriculum approved by the DMV commissioner. Under the act, if DOT conducts the course, it must do so with federal funds available for such courses.

The act eliminates the DMV commissioner's authority to waive the on-road skills portion of license examination for an applicant who (1) presents evidence of passing a motorcycle training course or (2) has held a license or endorsement in other states requiring a similar test or course.

The act eliminates the requirements that an endorsement applicant, regardless of age, demonstrate personally to the commissioner, his deputy or agent, or a DMV inspector, that he or she (1) is a proper person to operate a motorcycle, (2) has sufficient knowledge of the motorcycle's mechanisms to operate it safely, and (3) has satisfactory knowledge of the law concerning motorcycles and other motor vehicles and the rules of the road.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2011

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