ABATE of MN's 2017 Legislative Talking Points
The Minnesota State Legislature will convene on January 3rd, 2017 and is expected to adjourn in mid-May. Below are ABATE of Minnesota’s positions on some of the motorcycling related issues. ABATE of Minnesota’s 12th annual Bikerday at the Minnesota State Capitol will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
No Change to the Adult Motorcycle Helmet Law
The motorcyclists of Minnesota ask that you continue to support the current Minnesota adult motorcycle helmet law, which requires those under 18 and those on a learners permit to wear a helmet while allowing endorsed adults the choice to wear or not to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle. No helmet on the market can prevent a crash. The best way to prevent injuries is to prevent crashes. Crash avoidance and holding those who use our roadways accountable for their actions are the key factors for injury prevention.
Oppose Changes to Motorcycle Insurance Requirements
This is an attempt to bring motorcycles into the Minnesota no-fault insurance regulations. When Minnesota’s automotive no-fault insurance law was created in the mid-1970s, motorcycles were specifically excluded for good reason: Motorcycles are very different from cars and require different insurance policies. In addition, this change would drastically raise motorcycle insurance rates. Estimates up to $1500 per year have been quoted, and this is per bike, not per rider. Owners of multiple motorcycles would be especially hard hit.
Curtail Proﬁling of Motorcyclists in Minnesota
Motorcyclists are frequently stopped by police as they travel simply because they ride a motorcycle or are wearing motorcycle riding apparel. Often these pretext stops are accompanied with the explanation that a traffic infraction has occurred, which is not always the case. In some cases people have been told they are violating a law that does not exist. In other cases the violation cited simply has not occurred. Motorcyclists come from all walks of life and most are law abiding citizens. Motorcyclists should not be treated differently from other members of the transportation mix. We support legislation that assures chief law enforcement officers, at the state and local level, establish and enforce a written policy governing the conduct of peace officers engaged in stops of motorcycle riding citizens.
Improve Motorcycle Training and Awareness
On oppening day of the legislature, ABATE of MN will introduce a bill to:
1) Require insurance companies to offer a 10% motorcycle policy discount to those who take a motorcycle training course.
2) Require that all motorcycle training funds, which Minnesota motorcyclists pay into when obtaining or renewing a motorcycle license endorsement, be used for motorcycle training and awareness. Currently a portion of this money is placed in Minnesota's general fund.
3) Establish a motorcycle awareness license plate (for all vehicles up to one ton trucks). Unlike other specialty plates, these plates have a message that would reinforce the importance of driver responsibility. This would be voluntary and all costs are covered by the user, with a portion of the purchase price going to the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Fund.
For more info, call Todd Riba @ 952-239-0929.