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Change for PA motorcycles

December 30, 2013

HARRISBURG, PA — A new law has been signed by Gov. Tom Corbett changing the way motorcycle riders obtain and use learner’s permits. The new law limits the number of times a motorcycle rider can reapply for a learner’s permit to three times in a five-year period.

“I applaud the governor’s sense of urgency in signing these laws in a timely manner,” said Rep. Seth Grove, who sponsored the bill. “We have been dealing with individuals who continually violate the restrictions of motorcycle permits because they treat permits like actual licenses. Permits are temporary and their purpose is to get riders to obtain full motorcycle driver’s licenses. This legislation will enable riders to learn properly, while pushing them to actually get their motorcycle licenses.”

An amendment to the bill increases funding to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operating fund. Further, the fine for failing to obey traffic control devices will increase by $59, with portions of the additional revenue benefiting the EMS fund.

The legislation is supported by the Alliance of Bikers Toward Education. Grove worked with statewide law enforcement in crafting this legislation. Those agencies have seen a continuous rise in motorcycle offenses committed by unlicensed riders and those who only carry permits.