I hope you all are enjoying this GREAT weather. Just make sure you all ride safe and enjoy what you do. We have a few things going on right now. First, I want to let the MMA know how the Emissions Bill is progressing and its current status.
The bill was entered into the Federal Register for the first time; it then triggered a 30-day comment period. EPA received a few comments requiring answers, and thereby delayed the final entry into the Federal Register. Once that final entry happens, the State of Arizona will have 60 days to conform, before the elimination of motorcycle emissions in Maricopa County (AREA A) becomes law. Once that happens, it marks the end of the legal process. Realistically, we estimate the new law will be in place by late April. That will be it — unless the moon crashes into the earth.
Next item up is the local Road Sign effort. Our good friend Jerry Weier was very instrumental in getting MMA-AZ lobbyists an appointment with Chris Lemka. He is the Principal Traffic Engineer for the city of Glendale. Our Lobby Team met with Chris about creating more “Look Out for Motorcycles” signs here in Glendale. There are now 17 signs up just in Glendale alone, and City Hall is going to let us put up 10 more. We’re currently looking for locations.
Next year, I’m going to propose a requirement for all riders to get a Motorcycle Endorsement on their Driver’s License. Yes, I know this isn’t going to make me the most popular guy at the dance. However, you the rider may not want to be in an accident without this endorsement. Here are the main reasons why–
As many might know, the insurance companies are very vigilant in looking for ways to either reduce or completely deny a claim. As for getting pulled over, there may be a ticket and possible towing and/or getting locked up for something as simple as not having that endorsement. Why risk it when the nightmare can be avoided by a little time and a few dollars?