[r24] Rep. McClain supports changes to handlebar restrictions (3/1/2010)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Start Date: 3/1/2010 All Day
End Date: 3/1/2010

STATEHOUSE - Motorcyclists will be pleased to hear State Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport) supported Senate Bill (SB) 31 Thursday to change the regulations concerning motorcycle handlebars. The bill passed out of the House by a 91-1 vote.

Currently, the Indiana law restricts handlebars from being no more than 15 inches above the driver's seat.

"The current law does not take into account the height of the driver," said Rep. McClain. "If a driver is a taller individual, they might be breaking the law by simply being too tall. I supported this legislation today because it provides a much-needed, common sense figure to the height of handlebars and improves the overall safety of motorcyclists."

SB 31 defines motorcycle handlebars may not raise higher than the shoulders of the driver when the driver is seated in the driver's seat.

Several members of ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) came to committee hearings to show support of the bill.

The bill passed out of the Senate by a 38-10 vote before coming to the House. Since the bill was amended from its original form, it will return to the Senate for further consideration.