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Autocycle Characteristics & Safety Requirements

Concerning autocycles, and, in connection therewith, clarifying that an autocycle is a type of motorcycle and requiring autocycle drivers and passengers to use safety belts and, if applicable, child safety restraints.
2017 Regular Session
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill:

  • Amends the definition of 'autocycle' to:

-Specify that an autocycle is a three-wheeled motorcycle that does not use handlebars or any other device that is directly connected to a single front wheel to steer and in which the driver and each passenger ride in either a fully or a partly enclosed seating area that is equipped with a safety belt system; and

-Eliminate the requirements that an autocycle be equipped with air bags and a hardtop enclosure that protects occupants from the elements and can support the weight of the vehicle without harming occupants when the vehicle is resting on the enclosure;

  • Makes a conforming amendment to the definition of 'motorcycle' to clarify that an autocycle is a motorcycle;
  • Amends the definitions of 'motor vehicle' and 'safety belt system' used in the laws governing mandatory child restraint system and safety belt use, respectively, to clarify that those laws apply to autocycles and that, with respect to the mandatory safety belt use law, every driver and passenger in an autocycle, including a back seat passenger, must wear a fastened safety belt.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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