Current law defines an autocycle as a motorcycle. Section 1 of the bill removes autocycle from the definition of motorcycle. The definition of motorcycle is changed to add that a motorcycle needs to have handlebars to steer and has a seat the rider sits astride. The definition of autocycle is also changed to clarify that an autocycle doesn't use handlebars directly connected to the front tire or tires to steer. In removing autocycle from the definition of motorcycle, the bill makes the following clarifications and changes:
- Section 2 clarifies that the driver of an autocycle need not have a motorcycle endorsement regardless of the autocycle's maximum speed and that all 3-wheel motorcycle drivers need a general or limited motorcycle endorsement;
- Current law requires all motorcycle drivers to wear eye protection unless the motorcycle has 3 wheels, has a maximum speed of no more than 25 miles per hour, has a windshield, and has seatbelts. Section 3 clarifies that this exception applies to drivers of autocycles, not motorcycles, fitting that description.
- Current law requires a motorcycle driver who is under 18 years of age to wear a helmet unless the motorcycle has 3 wheels, has a maximum speed of no more than 25 miles per hour, has a windshield, and has seatbelts. Section 4 clarifies that this exception applies to autocycles, not motorcycles, fitting that description.
- Current law imposes a fee of $4 to register motorcycles for motorcycle operator safety training. Redefining autocycles as not being motorcycles means that autocycle owners will not pay the fee.
- Section 5 removes the authorization for 2 autocycles to drive abreast in one lane.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)