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During the 2014 General Assembly we will be working on three major issues:

1)            Trade-in taxes on your new bike. You trade in a car for a new one and

pay the tax on the difference of value. Bikes were excluded from this.

Under the proposed legislation, if you trade in your current bike for

$10,000 and buy a new bike for $20,000, you would only be required to pay sales tax on the difference between these values (i.e., $10,000).  As the law is currently written you would be required to pay sales tax on the full $20,000 price of the new motorcycle.

 

2)            Passenger helmet law. Let's get this repealed this session.  The U.S.

Constitution states that we as Americans have “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Let’s work to regain our Liberty such that motorcycle passengers have the Right to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.

 

3)            Red Lights:  Have you ever pulled up to a red light and waited as the

other intersections go through multiple cycles, all while the light in front of you remains red?  Often times the sensors for these lights are not sensitive enough to identify the presence of a motorcycle.  RIMA will propose legislation that would make it legal to proceed through the red light after a certain amount of time.

2014?

NEW PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING RIGHT-OF-WAY
Amendment to RI Statute 31-17

When bodily injury of any person other than the offending operator of any motor vehicle is caused by violation of anothers ROW, the offending operator shall be fined $200

When serious bodily injury of any person other than the offending operator of any motor vehicle is caused by violation of anothers ROW, the offending operator shall be fined $500 and his or her drivers license shall be suspended for a period of three months.

When the death of any person other than the offending operator of any motor vehicle is caused by violation of anothers ROW, the offending operator shall be fined $1000 and his or her drivers license shall be suspended for a period of one year.

7/15/13
RIGHT OF WAY BILL  PASSED
H5061a
Section 31-15-12.1

 A big win has developed for the RIMA. Our Right - of - Way Bill is now law. The Governor has signed our Right of Way Bill, H 5061 into law. Its been a long time coming. We've worked hard to get our message across that the penalties placed against any users that violates the right of way of any other user were not sufficient enough to cause people to take notice.

Be it on your bike, in your car or truck or any type of motor vehicle when someone takes the mind set to violate another's way the fines levied against that individual will no long be small. Now with hefty fines and suspension of licenses in the works maybe some will start taking notice.

06/12/2012
PARKING BILL  PASSED

Championed by the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association.

Lawmakers gave the nod to special motorcycle parking spots.
Bikers with business to take care of at municipal or state buildings that provide public parking soon won’t have to use a whole auto space to park. Starting next year, they'll get their own special spots, according to a June 12 press release from the State House.
Legislation passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly, and signed into law by the governor, requires that a motorcycle parking plan be established by November of this year for parking areas at state, city or town buildings, and that parking spaces be made available by April 1, 2013. The requirement will not apply to state airport lots.
The motorcycle parking bills were sponsored by Sen. John Tassoni Jr., a Democrat in District 22, Smithfield and North Smithfield, and Rep. Peter John Petrarca, a Democrat serving District 44, Lincoln, Johnston and Smithfield.
Under the new law, the parking plan will provide for motorcycle parking spaces in areas that are adjacent to or within sight of the applicable municipal or state building. Spaces will be designated with appropriate signage, and the parking plan may be revised as situations warrant but must be reviewed at least once every five years.
The number and placement of designated motorcycle parking spaces are to be determined as a result of motorcycle use by employees in those buildings and the input of motorcycle owners and are to be made available from April through November.
The law provides that any unauthorized use of a designated parking space will result in an $85 fine.

Lou Petrucci President

Two ways to locate your Legislator.

  • On-Line at www.sec.state.ri.us/vic  Quick and easy.
  • Call 401-222-2357, give your name and address and the Secretary of State’s office can give you all the info.

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East Side, M/C Parking Sign 2007
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Submitted by Lou.
East Side M/C Parking Sign 2007
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Submitted by Lou

 

DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF CLOTHING

OR CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS ILLEGAL

Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-24-1, (1956, as amended), provides that "All persons within the jurisdiction of this state shall be entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons." Further, any persons aggrieved by any violation of this statute has the right to petition the Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights to induce compliance. RL Gen. Laws Section 11-24-4 (1956, as amended).

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in the case of Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971), that persons have the constitutional right under the First Amendment to wear clothing which displays writing or designs. In addition, the right of an individual to freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the United States Supreme Court Thus, a person's right to wear the clothing of his choice, as well as his right to belong to any club or organization of his choice is constitutionally protected, and persons or establishments who discriminate on the basis of clothing or club membership may be subject to lawsuit.

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State of Rhode Island General Laws

Woonsocket Ordinances
(noise see section 14.5)

Newport Ordinances
(noise see section 8.12.130)



Various City and Town Ordinances, Council Minutes and Agendas-Municode
Bristol
Burrillville
Central Falls
Cranston
Cumberland
Exeter
Hopkinton
Jamestown
Narragansett
Newport
North Kingstown
Providence
Richmond
Scituate
South Kingstown
Tiverton
Warren
West Warwick

Other Cities and Towns Ordinances, Council Minutes and Agenda, -ClerkBase

Central Falls, RI
Cumberland, RI
East Providence, RI
Exeter, RI
Jamestown, RI
Middletown, RI
Narragansett, RI
Newport, RI
North Providence, RI
Pawtucket, RI
Providence, RI
Tiverton, RI
West Warwick, RI
Westerly, RI
Woonsocket, RI

State of Rhode Island General Assembly

Links to ALL Rhode Island Government Offices

 

TITLE 31
Motor and Other vehicles

 CHAPTER 31-10.1
Special License for Motorcycles, Motor Scooters, and Other Motor Driven Cycles

31-23-13 Muffler

31-45-1 Noise limits

31-22-3 Miscellaneous Rules
Riding on Motorcycles

Where are these Parking Spaces ?

State Funded Rider Education

Available for all eligible applicants. Required for first-time applicants. May waive skills test for successful completion of Rider Education.
May waive knowledge test for successful completion of Rider Education

Eye Protection   Required by law.

Passenger Seat  Required if carrying a passenger.

Passenger Footrests  Required if carrying a passenger.

Mirror  Required by law.

Periodic Safety Inspection  Required by law

50 State Helmet Laws Reviewed

 

Buddy's letter regarding Voting

The AMA has a page sorted by state with various bills related to Motorcycling.

A compilation of links to studies and reports involving all aspects of highway, auto, and motorcycle safety issues. Thanks to NY Freedom Riders.

2008 SESSION
     The Education Bill was signed into law by the Governor on July 1. This Bill with the combined efforts of the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association and the very helpful Lobbyist for Harley Davidson will allow outside contractors to offer Rider Education for first time motorcycle licensees. Up until now only the State Community College could offer the mandated Riders Education Program for license purposes.   This was a three year project from its first conception, through its many rewrites and then finally its passing.  

THEY MAY WEAR US DOWN BUT DON'T LET THEM WEAR YOU OUT.

 Louis P. Petrucci Jr.

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