Report from Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day
January 20, 2009 by Hersey
Lisa and I had an interesting time in Richmond this weekend during our visit to the Capitol. Although we didn’t get to speak to all of our delegates and state senators, we were able to make a good showing with some of them.
There are a few pieces of legislation of concern to motorcyclists being introduced this year.
These are some of the ones that need our support:
House Bill 1873, patron is Delegate John Cosgrove
This would streamline the process of obtaining an “M” endorsement by a member of the military stationed outside of Virginia. Currently, military personnel must return to Virginia, take the written test, return in 30 days to take the skills test or return to complete a Basic Rider course. This bill would allow personnel to complete a course or test at their duty station and have those honored by Virginia DMV.
House Bill 1906, patron is Delegate Ward Armstrong
This bill would allow modulating brake lights on motorcycles. Currently there is some confusion at inspection stations about modulating brake lights.
There is one bill that needs to be defeated:
Senate Bill 933, patron is Senator Linda Puller
This bill would require that motorcycle mufflers be stamped with an EPA compliance notification and to comply with federal standard CFR40-205.166. This would eliminate the ability to install any aftermarket exhaust system on a bike. This bill does not apply to other motor vehicles, but singles out motorcycles and would probably affect 70-80% of bikes operated legally now. The current law allows an exhaust that is comparable to stock.
To find your representatives in the General Assembly, visit: http://legis.state.va.us
Education, not legislation.