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| Action Alert 04/17/2008Motorcycle Provisions Added to Senate Bill 1992 |
Bill ordered engrossed April 17
Another senate bill important to motorcyclists has been gaining momentum and is worth watching.
The latest version of Senate Bill 1992, the committee substitute for the committee substitute for the committee substitute (CS/CS/CS) contains the following items of interest to motorcyclists:
Lines 985-1003: Provides enhanced penalties for moving violations causing serious bodily injury or death to motorcyclists:
Lines 1053-1061: Changes definition of a motorcycle to exclude a vehicle where the operator is enclosed by a cabin.
Lines 1062-1076: Deletes requirement that the owner of a motorcycle must present proof that he or she has a valid motorcycle endorsement prior to original registration of a motorcycle.
Lines 1248-1254: Requires organizations to execute a contract on or before July 1, 2008, to be eligible for reimbursement under the Florida Motorcycle Safety Education Program.
Lines 1869-1877: Increases fee from $15 to $20 for a Class E driver's license or a license restricted to motorcycle use only.
Lines 1878-1883: Increases fee from $20 to $27 for an original driver's license restricted to motorcycle use only.
The provisions in lines 625-635 are taken from the current versions of HB-137 and SB-802. Riders should be concerned with the "... while sitting astride the seat, with both wheels on the ground at all times, ..." provision because many street riders stand on their pegs or floorboards in preparation to surmount obstacles such as potholes, road debris, etc. This technique is taught in the Basic RiderCourse and should not be used as a pretext to stop a motorcyclist for "reckless operation." See the MSF Basic RiderCourse handbook, page 34 for details.
It's important that YOU contact your state senator to let him or her know how YOU feel about the motorcycle provisions in SB-1992.