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Cars get reduced tax when trading in vehicles, why shouldn't motorcycles? Bill 7373

Bills we are working on

H7758 Lane Splitting for motorcycles. There is no hearing date set at this time.


H-7212, A bill relating to Motor Vehicle Lighting.

This Bill would limit illumination of Car and motorcycle stock headlights to what was stock at the time of manufacture.

After talking to the sponsor we worked out that all stock motorcycle headlights can be updated to the present standards of the day.

During my testimony the updated standard was now part of the change that we agreed to.

The bill is now in committee being held for further study.

We will keep everyone updated.

Bill 7373 was put in for the tax trade in credit but it also included credit for trucks under 8100 lbs.  This bill is on the Democratic side and in committee not scheduled for a Hearing yet. 

A bill will be put in on the Senate side shortly for motorcycles sales tax credit only on bikes not including trucks.

Rima has a petition for the Trade in tax on line at our web sight that we urge everyone to sign. The more signatures that we can bring to the Statehouse the better the chances are that we can be successful. You can only sign once, if you have already signed a paper Petition than do not sign the one on line.

Bill H7353, A bill RIMA introduced and testified on for a course that would offer a Three wheel license in Rhode Island. The course and endorsement is not available in our State. Due to the virus closing the State House the bill is still pending.

Links

State of Rhode Island General Assembly
State of Rhode Island General Assembly-Statutes

Past Legislation

Three wheeled License course

2020
H7353

Introduced and testified on a course that would offer a Three wheel license in Rhode Island. The course and endorsement is not available in our State. Due to the virus closing the State House the bill is still pending.

Proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle month in the State of Rhode Island

2020

A Bill for May as Motorcycle awareness Month was also introduced for Rima but not voted on due to the shutdown.

Proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle month in the State of Rhode Island

2019

RIMA continued the fight for safety in Rhode Island by again having the Proclamation for May as Motorcycle Awareness Month pass.

Proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle month in the State of Rhode Island

2018

RIMA was instrumental in the passage of a Proclamation declaring May as motorcycle month in the State of Rhode Island.

Penalties for Violating right of way

2013
RI Statute 31-17

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

right of way bill passed

7/15/2013
H5061a
RI Statute 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.

PARKING BILL PASSED

6/12/2012

Championed by the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association.

Lawmakers gave the nod to special motorcycle parking spots.

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.

Education Bill

2008

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.