2020 Biker Day Talking Points

Improve Funding for Motorcycle Training and Motorist Awareness

SF1565 (Kiffmeyer) - HF1871 (Wolgamoff)

Due to a reduction in the number of new riders and the aging of the motorcycling demographic, training class enrolment in Minnesota is declining. Some training facilities find that rider training classes are not able to operate at a cost-effective level. The result of this could be closing or consolidating some rider training locations, adding additional travel distance for many students. In an attempt to reduce the risk of a diminished rider training product, ABATE of Minnesota will propose small fee increases in motorcycle permit applications and license renewals. The permit fee will rise a few dollars and the license renewal fee to keep your motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license will rise from $13 per renewal to $17 per renewal. This fee is paid every four years when a driver's license is renewed. While the dollar amounts are small, multiplied by the 420,000 people who have this endorsement will mean that motorcycle rider training will continue to be a local option. This proposal will also benefit motorist awareness of motorcyclists programs and available motorcycle rider training.
The motorcyclists of Minnesota ask you to please support SF1565 and HF1871.

 

No Change to the Motorcycle Helmet Law

The motorcyclists of Minnesota ask that you continue to support the current Minnesota motorcycle helmet law, which requires those under 18 and those on a learner's 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 Mandatory Uninsured and Underinsured Insurance Requirements for Minnesota Motorcyclists

SF1005(Latz) - HF1121 (Youakim)

These bills would require all Minnesota motorcyclists to carry uninsured and underinsured insurance. This is opposed by a broad coalition of Minnesota motorcyclists. There are many insurance options in addition to the liability requirements that may be of benefit to a motorcycle rider, but these policy additions should be the motorcyclist's options. Most riders already have uninsured and underinsured insurance but the extra cost of this insurance could make motorcycle riding too expensive for some, especially younger riders. Additionally, the passage of this legislation may have unintended consequences. Riders who face large increases in motorcycle insurance may choose to nor purchase insurance at all.
The motorcyclists of Minnesota ask you to please oppose SF1005 and HF 1121.

 

Curtail Profiling of Motorcyclists in Minnesota

SF1690 (Osmek) – HF1525 (Drazkowski)

Motorcyclists are frequently stopped by police as they travel simply because they ride a motorcycle or are wearing motorcycle riding apparel. Often these stops are accompanied by 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, to establish and enforce a written policy governing the conduct of peace officers engaged in stops of motorcycle riding citizens.
These motorcyclists of Minnesota ask you to please support SF1690 and HF1525.

 

Reduce the Sales Tax Imposed on Older Motorcycles

Senate Number Pending (Mathews)
House Introduction Pending

Motorcyclists who transfer a title for a motorcycle which is ten years old or older and valued ar less than $3000, or have a motorcycle that is 20 years old or older who ask for a "Classic" specialty plate, pay a much higher rate of sales tax than an automobile meeting those criteria. ABATE of Minnesota feels this is wrong and has introduced legislation to have motorcycles on an even scale with automobiles. Motorcycles cause almost zero damage to our roads and should not be taxed at a higher rate than cars and trucks.
The motorcyclists of Minnesota ask you to please support these bills when introduced.