Grove Legislation to Limit Motorcycle Learner’s Permits Advances
5/13/2013
On May 13, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) spoke at the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) rally at the State Capitol. ABATE is advocating for legislation authored by Grove that would limit the number of times an individual may apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit. The legislation is now awaiting a vote by the full House. Grove also authored Act 84 of 2012, which requires minors who hold motorcycle permits to successfully complete the free 15-hour Basic Rider Course.
HARRISBURG –
The House Transportation Committee today unanimously approved Rep. Seth Grove’s (R-Dover) legislation that would limit the number of times an individual could apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit to three times in a five-year period and would prohibit the renewal of motorcycle learner’s permits.

“We have seen many cases of riders reapplying for a motorcycle learner’s permit annually,” said Grove.  “The purpose of the learner’s permit is to give riders a period of time to train on the road as they work toward obtaining a full license.  These permits were never meant to be the revolving doors they have become.”

Current law allows a rider to apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit for a $10 fee.  The applicant must pass a vision screening and knowledge test, and the permit is good for one year. 

State law restricts riding with a permit to daylight hours.  Permit holders also are prohibited from riding with a passenger.  Additionally, if the permit holder does not have a regular driver’s license, he or she is only permitted to operate a motorcycle under the instruction and supervision of a licensed motorcycle operator.

Grove noted the month of May is significant to this legislation because it is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  He participated today in the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) rally at the State Capitol.

Video of Grove participating in the ABATE rally is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGp4tnexLSk

“This legislation is about making our roads safer for all drivers,” said Grove.  “It is important to encourage motorcyclists to become fully licensed because in any accident they will be the ones who bear the brunt of the impact.  Any collision involving a motorcycle is going to be very serious for the rider.  Ensuring they are competent to ride will reduce accidents and keep people alive.”

Last year, Grove won passage of legislation to require minors who hold motorcycle permits to successfully complete the free 15-hour Basic Rider Course through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program.  The bill was signed into law as Act 84 of 2012.

House Bill 892, which is supported by ABATE, was drafted with the help of law enforcement.  It will now go before the full House for consideration. 

More information about motorcycle safety and Grove’s other legislative priorities is available at www.RepGrove.com and www.Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
717.783.8063
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RepGrove.com / Facebook.com/RepSethGrove
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