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Committee Bill No. 303

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 3885

 

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Referred to Committee on VETERANS' AFFAIRS

 

Introduced by:

 

(VA)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 14-40a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2013):

(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. If such applicant has not obtained a motorcycle instruction permit pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the applicant shall also pass an examination, other than the driving skills test, demonstrating that the applicant is a proper person to operate a motorcycle, has sufficient knowledge of the mechanism of a motorcycle to ensure its safe operation by such applicant, and has satisfactory knowledge of the law concerning motorcycles and other motor vehicles and the rules of the road. The commissioner may waive the requirement of such examination for any applicant who presents documentation that such applicant: (1) Is on active military duty with the armed forces, as defined in section 27-103; (2) is stationed outside the state; and (3) has completed a novice motorcycle training course conducted by any firm or organization using the curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation not more than two years prior to the date of such applicant's application. 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. With respect to any vision test required by the commissioner prior to granting a motorcycle endorsement, the commissioner may waive such requirement for any applicant who presents the documentation described in subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection, and presents documentation of a vision test administered by the United States Department of Defense or a branch of the armed forces, as defined in section 27-103, demonstrating that such applicant meets the vision standards for a motorcycle endorsement established by the commissioner, provided such vision test was administered not more than two years prior to the date of such applicant's application. 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.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2013

14-40a(c)

VA

Joint Favorable C/R

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