SSB 5274

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Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Concerning private motorcycle skills education programs.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Senators Carrell, Eide, King, Harper, Hill and Shin).

Senate Committee on Transportation

House Committee on Transportation

Background: A person must obtain a motorcycle endorsement to operate a motorcycle on public highways. In 1982, legislation was enacted requiring the Department of Licensing (DOL) to create a voluntary motorcycle operator training and education program to provide public awareness of motorcycle safety and to provide classroom and on-cycle training. DOL may waive all or a portion of the motorcycle endorsement examination for people who satisfactorily complete the motorcycle operator training and education program.

DOL currently contracts with private certified instructors to provide motorcycle safety classes and on-cycle training. The cost for classes and training for Washington residents that are under age 18 is capped at $50, and for Washington residents over age 18 the cost for classes and training is capped at $125. DOL currently provides a subsidy to the instruction programs at a negotiated rate. In the 2011-13 biennium DOL allotted $2,764,000 in subsidies for the program. The monies for the program and subsidies are appropriated from the Motorcycle Safety Education Account, which is entirely supported by motorcycle endorsement fees.

Summary: DOL must allow private motorcycle skills education programs to offer motorcycle safety education courses without a subsidy from the state. These privately-provided, unsubsidized motorcycle skills education courses are not subject to the price caps.

DOL must review and certify that a private motorcycle skills education course offered without subsidy meets the equivalent educational standards as the subsidized courses. DOL's contract with an unsubsidized provider must allow DOL to periodically audit the private provider to ensure that the educational standards continue to meet those of the subsidized programs.

Votes on Final Passage:








July 1, 2013.