LEGISLATION & FLORIDA LAWS
Legislative Report - Ken Miller, aka "TEDDY BEAR"
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|New Laws for Motorcycle Licensure Take Affect July|
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 outwww.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.
ABATE ANALYZES ACCIDENT
Motorcycles are smaller and can easily be lost in blind spots of larger vehicles. Drivers need 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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