2022 Bikerday Talking Points

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 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 Mandatory Uninsured and Underinsured Insurance Requirements for Minnesota Motorcyclists SF1428 (Latz) – HF895 (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 option. 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 not purchase insurance at all. The motorcyclists of Minnesota ask you to please oppose SF1428 and HF895.

Curtail Profiling of Motorcyclists in Minnesota SF9 (Osmek) – Bill # Pending

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 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. The motorcyclists of Minnesota ask you to please support these bills when introduced.

 

Reduce the Sales Tax Imposed on Older Motorcycles SF358 (Mathews) – HF1588 (Lislegard)

Motorcyclists who transfer a title for a motorcycle which is ten years old or older and valued at less than $3,000, or have a motorcycle that is 20 years old or older who  ask for a specialty plate, such as classic, pioneer, etc., 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 SF358 and HF1588.

Oppose Vehicle Sales Mandates

Some states, including Minnesota, are attempting to mandate a high percentage of new vehicles sold must be plug in electric or electric hybrid. Not knowing how these mandates would affect the sale of new motorcycles, this is a great concern to the motorcycling public. Motorcyclists oppose mandates that remove choice concerning make, model, style, fuel type, or other options of new vehicles considered for purchase. The motorcyclists of Minnesota believe the sale of new automobiles and motorcycles should be driven by consumer demand, not government mandates.