FINAL BILL REPORT
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C 174 L 13
Synopsis as Enacted
Brief Description: Concerning conversion kits on motorcycles.
Sponsors: House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Shea, Taylor, MacEwen, Schmick, Holy, Short, Kagi, Orcutt, Overstreet, Rodne, Klippert, Hargrove, Condotta and Parker).
House Committee on Transportation
Senate Committee on Transportation
Motorcycle means a motor vehicle designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, on which the driver:
rides on a seat or saddle and the motor vehicle is designed to be steered with a handlebar; or
rides on a seat in a partially or completely enclosed seating area that is equipped with safety belts and the motor vehicle is designed to be steered with a steering wheel.
Motorcycle skills training programs are available for two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles. The operator of a motorcycle must have the appropriate two-wheeled or three-wheeled driver's license endorsement in order to operate a two- or three-wheeled motorcycle in Washington.
Private industry has developed equipment kits that may be added to a motorcycle to provide additional stability. There are some states that authorize the use of stabilization kits.
The definition of a "motorcycle" in the motor vehicle code is revised to mean a motor vehicle designed to travel on not more than three wheels not including any stabilizing conversion kits.
The definition of a "motorcycle" in the Motorcycle Skills Education Program is updated to be the same as the motor vehicle code definition and to clarify that it excludes off-road motorcycles.
The use of stabilizing conversion kits on motorcycles is authorized. A person operating a motorcycle with a stabilizing conversion kit must have a valid driver's license specially endorsed for a three-wheeled motorcycle.
Votes on Final Passage:
July 28, 2013