Bobbi and I have been busy, busy, busy. We spent the better part of Aug-Oct working on our lane sharing legislation.
We then met with all 4 agencies of law enforcement, DPS, Highway Patrol, Police Chiefs Assoc. and Sheriffs Assoc. Although we had resolved DPS’s issues from a year and a half ago, the new lobbyists came up with a number of additional reasons why lane
sharing would not work in Arizona.
We still have an open door policy with them on this subject and will continue to work with other states to resolve all issues.
Next we approached the Autocycle issue.
Last year, the Elio lobbyist ran a bill that not only defined the Autocycle as a “THREE-WHEELED MOTORCYCLE ON WHICH THE DRIVER AND PASSENGERS RIDE IN A COMPLETELY ENCLOSED SEATING AREA THAT IS EQUIPPED WITH A ROLL CAGE, SAFETY BELTS FOR EACH OCCUPANT AND ANTILOCK BRAKES AND THAT IS DESIGNED TO BE CONTROLLED WITH A STEERING WHEEL AND PEDALS”, but made it so they do not have to have an MC endorsement to drive one.
In the meantime, the MRF had tasked the lobbyists with obtaining separate crash stats in our states, for motorcycles and autocycles, in preparation for any future federal bill of the same. In doing so, we were checking into motorcycle franchises and seeing if motorcycle
dealerships could still sell autocycles if they were defined as something other than a motorcycle, in our statutes.
In talking with the executive assistant of RideNow Powersports Management Group, she stated that the Peoria police had sent her an email stating the Polaris Slingshot no longer needed an MC endorsement.
Looking at the pictures of all the autocycles we could find with google, the only two that were ‘completely enclosed’ were the Elio and Toyota’s I-road. So Bobbi called Elio and talked to their lobbyist. Seems he wrote his definition so as to keep his Elio from having to deal with helmet laws or endorsement, no matter what state they were in.
We called the Peoria police and the offi cer said he understood why we questioned the Slingshot as being an autocycle, but said that it would be up to the officer making a stop if he would see it as a motorcycle or an autocycle.
In talking with additional agencies, they too said it would be up to the officer.
We will be contacting the Polaris lobbyist to bring him in the loop, but this project is on hold until such time that we can determine if Slingshots are going to get tickets for no helmet (if under 18) or mc endorsements. In addition, Representative Gray is running a bill this year (HB2248), to ‘remove’ the term ‘completely enclosed’ from the Autocycle definition.
Guess we’ll wait and see where this goes, and if we need to do anything further in order to
MMA’s 2016 Legislation revolves around the Sunset Dates of the Motorcycle Safety Fund and the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC).
In 2002 (SB1026) the motorcycle lobby team created Arizona Statute ARS 28-2010. It ‘established’ a motorcycle safety fund consisting of monies deposited from our $1 extra we pay on our motorcycle registration ($9 versus $8 for vehicles), and from any gifts, grants
or other donations given.
The MSFund, subject to legislative appropriations, was to be used for motorcycle
safety and awareness, under the direction of the Director of the Governors Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), after consultation with the newly created State Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council.
Seeing as how Arizona’s motorcycle registration was approximately 80,000 at that time, the MSFund had a ‘Cap’ of $150,000, with any additional funds reverting to the State Highway Fund.
The Sunset Date for both the Fund and the Council was June
In 2004 (HB2038), the team ‘revised’ the Sunset Dates, for both the Fund and the Council, to June 30, 2010.
In 2007 (HB2051), the team successfully removed the $150,000 cap and Renamed the council to Arizona State Motorcycle Advisory Council.
In 2009 (HB2133), the team ‘revised’ the Sunset Dates, for both the Fund and the Council, to June 30, 2016, which brings us to this session.
Currently 2016 (SB1359), the MMA lobby team is currently running a bill to revise the Sunset Dates of both the fund and the council, from June 30, 2016, to June 30, 2024. As of 2/10/16, our bill has passed the Senate Transportation Committee, Rules, gone to Caucus and waiting to be assigned to Third Read (final floor vote) in the Senate.
It will then be transferred to the House and go through the same process.
Paul “Skypilot” Price
MMA-AZ Designated Lobbyist
MMA of AZ Legislative Researcher-Consultant