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Bill Detail: HB22-1043

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Title Motorcycle And Autocycle Definitions
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government (01/12/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors A. Pico (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Hisey (R)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/12/2022
Summary

Current law defines an autocycle as a motorcycle. Section 1 of the
bill removes autocycle from the definition of motorcycle. The definition
of motorcycle is changed to add that a motorcycle needs to have
handlebars to steer and has a seat the rider sits astride. The definition of
autocycle is also changed to clarify that an autocycle doesn't use

handlebars directly connected to the front tire or tires to steer. In
removing autocycle from the definition of motorcycle, the bill makes the
following clarifications and changes:
  • Section 2 clarifies that the driver of an autocycle need not
have a motorcycle endorsement regardless of the
autocycle's maximum speed and that all 3-wheel
motorcycle drivers need a general or limited motorcycle
endorsement;
  • Current law requires all motorcycle drivers to wear eye
protection unless the motorcycle has 3 wheels, has a
maximum speed of no more than 25 miles per hour, has a
windshield, and has seatbelts. Section 3 clarifies that this
exception applies to drivers of autocycles, not motorcycles,
fitting that description.
  • Current law requires a motorcycle driver who is under 18
years of age to wear a helmet unless the motorcycle has 3
wheels, has a maximum speed of no more than 25 miles per
hour, has a windshield, and has seatbelts. Section 4
clarifies that this exception applies to autocycles, not
motorcycles, fitting that description.
  • Current law imposes a fee of $4 to register motorcycles for
motorcycle operator safety training. Redefining autocycles
as not being motorcycles means that autocycle owners will
not pay the fee.
  • Section 5 removes the authorization for 2 autocycles to
drive abreast in one lane.
Sections 6 through 31 make conforming amendments.

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