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Amendment

 

January Session, 2011

LCO No. 5807

   
 

*SB0101805807SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 1018

File No. 423

Cal. No. 255

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 14-40a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2011):

(a) No person shall operate a motorcycle on any public highway of this state [until] unless such person has [obtained] a motor vehicle operator's license with [a motorcycle] an endorsement [from] for the operation of a two-wheeled or a three-wheeled motorcycle issued by the commissioner. A person who is issued an endorsement for the operation of a two-wheeled motorcycle may operate any two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycle. A person who is issued an endorsement for the operation of a three-wheeled motorcycle may operate any three-wheeled motorcycle, but shall not operate any two-wheeled motorcycle.

(b) A person who is sixteen years of age or older and who has not had such a license suspended or revoked may apply to the commissioner for a two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycle training permit. The commissioner may issue a two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycle training permit, containing such limitation as said commissioner deems advisable, to an applicant after the applicant has passed all parts of the examination, other than the driving test, for a motor vehicle operator's license with a two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycle endorsement as required by subsection (c) of this section. The training permit shall entitle the applicant, while said applicant is in immediate possession of said permit, to [drive] operate a motorcycle on the public highways, other than multiple lane limited access highways, for a period of sixty days. A person who is issued a training permit for the operation of a two-wheeled motorcycle may operate any two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycle. A person who is issued a training permit for the operation of a three-wheeled motorcycle may operate any three-wheeled motorcycle, but shall not operate any two-wheeled motorcycle. A training permit may be renewed, or a new permit issued, for an additional period of sixty days. On and after January 1, 1990, each applicant issued a training permit shall, while operating a motorcycle, wear protective headgear of a type which conforms to the minimum specifications established by regulations adopted under subsection (b) of section 14-289g.

(c) Before granting a motorcycle endorsement to any applicant who has not held such an endorsement at any time within the preceding two years, the commissioner shall require the applicant to present evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that such applicant has successfully completed a novice motorcycle training course conducted by the Department of Transportation with federal funds available for the purpose of such course, or by any firm or organization that conducts such 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 commissioner. Any such training course or examination for a motorcycle endorsement shall emphasize differences between a two-wheeled and a three-wheeled motorcycle with respect to the safe operation of such vehicles. When the commissioner is satisfied as to the ability and competency of the applicant, the commissioner may issue an endorsement to such applicant, either unlimited or containing such limitations as the commissioner deems advisable. If an applicant or motorcycle endorsement holder has any health problem which might affect such person's ability to operate a motorcycle safely, the commissioner may require the applicant or endorsement holder to demonstrate personally that, notwithstanding the problem, such person is a proper person to operate a motorcycle, and the commissioner may further require a certificate of the applicant's condition, signed by a medical authority designated by the commissioner, which certificate shall, in all cases, be treated as confidential by the commissioner. An endorsement, containing such limitation as the commissioner deems advisable may be issued or renewed in any case, but nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the commissioner from refusing an endorsement, either limited or unlimited, to any person or suspending an endorsement of a person whom the commissioner deems incapable of safely operating a motorcycle.

(d) No person shall operate a motorcycle in any manner in violation of the limitations imposed in a limited endorsement issued to such person.

(e) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a), (b) or (d) of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined fifty dollars and, for any subsequent offense, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. "