[R18] Motor driven cycle bill aims to keep motorists safe and operators accountable (3/4/2014)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Start Date: 3/4/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/4/2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation concerning registration and operation of motor driven cycles, which passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday with a 26-22 vote.

House Bill (HB) 1343 repeals outdated language concerning scooters and motorized bicycles and adds definitions for classes of motor driven cycles. Under current law, motor driven cycles are not placed in categories, but are not registered with the BMV and do not require a license or insurance.

“Keeping motorists safe and holding operators of motor driven cycles accountable is the intent of HB 1343,” said Rep. Wolkins. “Requiring motor driven cycles to be registered will allow law enforcement officers to identify them particularly in the case of criminal actions.”

Under HB 1343, motor driven cycles will be placed into two categories: Class A and Class B. Class A motor driven cycles are those that have a cylinder capacity greater than 50 cubic centimeters (cc) and Class B are those with a capacity of 50cc and less.

Operators of Class A motor driven cycles must hold a valid driver’s license and have insurance. Individuals operating a Class B motor driven cycle are required to have a motor driven cycle endorsement on a state-issued ID card, but do not need insurance.

“Individuals with suspended licenses are often left to choose to be driven to work, ride a public bus or drive a motor driven cycle,” said Rep. Wolkins. “Not requiring Class B operators to have insurance provides a way for these individuals to transport themselves to and from work to support their families and get back to track.”

HB 1343 requires operators of both classes to register their motor driven cycle with the BMV and display a license plate. Each class will have a different color of license plate to allow law enforcement to more clearly determine their categories.

“Registration is a method for motor driven cycle operators to be held accountable,” said Rep. Wolkins. “The goal is of this bill to ensure the safety of operators of motor drive cycles in addition to other motorists.”

HB 1343 has passed the House and Senate.