The Motorcycle Lobby Team is excited about the progress we’ve made on our Bill to remove the Handle Bar Restrictions here in Arizona. Below is an update and bullet points that our case and testimonies are being built on. Based on these points, Rep Fann is in the process of creating a folder for us. Once everyone agrees to the folders language, the next step is for her to create an Introset. This is the final document that will be dropped after first day of session and gives us a Bill#. The Introset has a list of all Senators and Representatives names attached to its front, along with a place for them to sign on as Sponsor or Co-Sponsor, prior to Rep Fann dropping that Bill. Seeing as how she has until Thursday 5pm, the first week of session, to ‘drop’ this Bill, the lobby team may walk that Introset around on opening day, in order to get additional signatures on our Bill.
OUR CASE IS BUILT AROUND THESE 6 POINTS:
- There are 16 states that do not have a restriction on handle bar height – 8 of those never had a restriction of any kind. We do not see, nor have we heard of any good reason to keep this law in effect.
- We’ve been approached by riders that would like to not be limited in the customization of their motorcycle for comfort or looks. It should be riders preference same as seat, handle bars, pedals etc. on their own motorcycle.
- We have not been able to find any research or study of any kind, anywhere, showing that handle bars above the shoulders is a safety issue.
- Riders from states around us that do not have a handle bar restriction including NM and CO, are reluctant to come to or through AZ for fear of tickets, especially during big events like Bike Week and major organizational runs.
- Many of our riders that are legal, dread being stopped if they are slouched down at any time, making their grips appear higher than their shoulder.
- If someone has to ‘ride’ a friend or family members bike somewhere and are smaller/shorter than the owner/rider the bars are too high and currently illegal.
The Motorcycle Lobby Team has met with DPS and Highway Patrol to discuss our Case Points. We have also been in direct contact, more than once, with the lobbyist/lawyer of the Police Chiefs Association, as well as the lobbyist for the Sheriffs Association. Both organizations will be getting back to us if they find any issues with our Bill so that we can possibly resolve them prior to session starting. They have all thanked us for reaching out to them and keeping the lines of communications open. They will be bringing up our Bill at their early January meetings and have assured us that they will contact us direct with any foreseeable issues, so that they can be talked out and resolved prior to committee hearings.
Hope you had a great Holiday, Ride SAFE!
Billy “Desperado” Larson
MMA-AZ Designated Lobbyist