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Legislative Report by Frankie Kennedy – December, 2015

As we are currently not in session, there isn’t a lot going on at the State level. However, here’s some information on what’s happening nationally to be aware of.


Safeguard motorcycle provisions in much-needed highway bill
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The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 is being considered by a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions. The federal Highway Bill includes good news for on- and off-highway motorcyclists.

Now is the time to make sure the provisions favorable to motorcyclists remain in the final bill.

Amendments and other provisions passed by the House and/or the Senate and supported by the American Motorcyclist Association include:

  • Continued funding for the Recreational Trails Program which provides funding to states for maintaining, improving and expanding off-highway recreational opportunities

  • A prohibition against using federal funds for motorcycle-only checkpoints

  • Reestablishing a Motorcycle Advisory Council to coordinate with and counsel the U.S. Department of Transportation administrator on infrastructure concerns of particular interest to motorcyclists

  • Authorization for a study to be performed by the National Academies of Science on ways to prevent motorcycle crashes

  • Funding of highway safety grants that include programs to reduce distracted driving, including language that make it easier for states to successfully qualify for and receive the money.

To ensure these amendments are included, urge your lawmaker today to keep these amendments as part of the six-year highway bill.

Now, more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help us protect our riding freedoms. More members means more clout against the opponents of motorcycling, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, Click Here .


sdfdsOctober Legislative Report - Ken Miller, aka "TEDDY BEAR"
Protect Your Rights to Ride!

Throughout history, there have been some very critical issues that have been decided by a single vote.  Anyone in Florida, or even across the nation, saw how critical getting out to VOTE can be in the last Presidential election.  Members of ABATE know how important voting is as we have been on both the winning and losing side of a single VOTE making the difference about whether a bill passed or failed.  Click here to for Legislative Addresses, emails and contact information.

It is imperative that motorcyclists in Florida gets out to VOTE to help make sure that any fresh faces who are elected to the Florida legislature already know who we are and what we want before they make it to Tallahassee.  This is the easiest time in the world for us to make new friends.  These people need votes to get elected.  People elected to office will already be a friend if we get involved and help them get elected.  ABATE of Florida, Inc. provides an automatic email service that provides info on your elected State and Federal officials.  Subscribe here.

You can find out everything and more at the Department of State, Division of Elections site.

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To get involved in motorcycle crash prevention or to find out more about the Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Programs being offered, contact ABATE of Florida, Inc. at P.O. Box 2520, DeLand, Florida, 32721 or visit www.abateflorida.com.

New Laws for Motorcycle Licensure Take Affect July

Date: 06/27/2008

Basic Rider Course now required for all motorcycle endorsement

Starting July 1, new motorcyclists must take and pass the Basic Rider Course through the Florida Rider Trainer Program before they can have the motorcycle endorsement added to their license, per Section 322.12(5)(a)., Florida Statutes.

After July 1 of this year, everyone will have to take the class and pass the test, no matter their age. Future motorcyclists will be able to find a Basic Rider Course sponsor or teacher on our website. Upon successful completion, the sponsor will submit the pass results electronically to the department records. Upon receiving the results, the applicant will be processed for a motorcycle endorsement.

The Department’s Florida Rider Training Program has a wealth of information on motorcycle safety and proper licensure. For more information, check out www.flhsmv.gov. Also information on where to find approved sponsors who teach the course can be found here.

Please note that anyone driving a motorcycle without an endorsement is violating the law, today.


What if I had completed the tests before July 1 and did not get the endorsement by that date? Will my waiver from a third party tester be honored?

Yes. As long as the tests have been successfully completed, you can still get the endorsement up to 1 year from the date of the waiver.

What happens if I had a motorcycle permit from a DL office prior to July 1 but did not complete my tests?

You have to take the Basic Rider Course before securing your endorsement.

What if I have completed the Experienced Rider Course but did not secure my endorsement before July 1, 2008?

You still have to take the Basic Rider Course before you can secure the endorsement and be legal to drive a motorcycle.

Motorcycles are smaller and can easily be lost in blind spots of larger vehicles. Driversneed to be aware of the presence of all vehicles in their vicinity and give motorcycles their full lane of travel. Perception of the speed that a motorcycle is traveling is often misjudged and failure to yield the right-of-way is sighted as the cause in a significant number of motorcycle versus automobile crashes. Statistical reports, no matter how reliable the source, will not stop the motorcycle helmet usage debate, however, the real issue is crash prevention.

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