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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2016, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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California Bill AB 51 Codifying Lane Splitting To Be Introduced To Committee



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Here at MO, we are strong proponents of lane splitting. Not a day goes by in which we don’t filter between the lines of slower moving or stopped cars. In the process, we’re also easing congestion and protecting ourselves from being rear-ended by distracted drivers. So, naturally, we were excited last year when we heard of California bill AB 51 was making the rounds in an effort to codify the act of lane splitting by giving it a set of clear rules for riders to follow. One of the primary benefits of the rules would be that they would make it possible to educate the driving public about lane splitting.

Unfortunately, the bill was pulled last July at the request of its author, California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, because of fears that it would not pass. Since that time, Quirk has worked on changing the language of the bill to a form that will improve its chance of passing. According to LaneSplittingIsLegal.com, an organization devoted to promoting lane splitting, the wording has changed to a much less specific recipe for legal lane splitting to a more generalized one. The result is a bill that maintains lane splitting’s legality by virtue of not being explicitly illegal while giving the CHP the option of developing and distributing educational guidelines for riders and the driving public to better understand safe lane splitting.

In a mockup of the amended version of AB 51 produced by LaneSplittingIsLegal.com, the specifics of the top speed and the speed differential between the motorcycle and other traffic have been removed. In their place, the mandate for CHP to create guidelines to educate the public is inserted: 'The California Department of Highway Patrol may develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist and the drivers and passengers of the surrounding vehicles.'

Additionally, the agencies that the CHP is to consult in developing the guidelines includes not only the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, and the Office of Traffic Safety, but it also lists the requirement of consulting with a 'motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety.' So, we assume the organization selected would be either the AMA or the MSF, giving actual motorcyclists an active say in the development of lane splitting guidelines – which is very good news!

These changes were scheduled to be submitted to committee yesterday, May 31, 2016, but at the time of publication, the bill’s page on the California Legislative Information website had not been updated. Interested parties can track the progress of the bill there. California residents who want to contact their representative can search here. Those who want to contact Assemblyman Quirk’s office can visit his web site.
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I was in DMV recently, so I picked up a new motorcycle handbook to see what it said about this topic.
When I finally found it, it was nothing more than a sentence or two defining what lane splitting is. No advice, no laws, no guidelines. Strangely ambiguous.
I like it that way.
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What will actually happen is the State of California will make it so that motorcycle riders that want to lane split will have to take a class that they have to pay for then pay for an annual permit or require special lane sharing insurance to be allowed to lane split legally etc. Everything in this state is ultimately designed to generate revenue and this will be no different. They should have just left the it all the hell alone where lane sharing was acceptable plain and simple because once the politicians get their hands the ability to write the law they will do it in a way that totally ruins the spirit of the law as it was intended. The worst part is I guarantee it will somehow negatively affect motorcyclists while doing absolutely NOTHING to inform cage drivers of the new law or the considerations for the riders.
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What will actually happen is the State of California will make it so that motorcycle riders that want to lane split will have to take a class that they have to pay for then pay for an annual permit or require special lane sharing insurance to be allowed to lane split legally etc. Everything in this state is ultimately designed to generate revenue and this will be no different. They should have just left the it all the hell alone where lane sharing was acceptable plain and simple because once the politicians get their hands the ability to write the law they will do it in a way that totally ruins the spirit of the law as it was intended. The worst part is I guarantee it will somehow negatively affect motorcyclists while doing absolutely NOTHING to inform cage drivers of the new law or the considerations for the riders.
Gotta love the money grubbing socialists and do nothing politicians everywhere...Don't forget to have your rectal emission control probe put in to avoid sullying the air too.



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What will actually happen is the State of California will make it so that motorcycle riders that want to lane split will have to take a class that they have to pay for then pay for an annual permit or require special lane sharing insurance to be allowed to lane split legally etc. Everything in this state is ultimately designed to generate revenue and this will be no different. They should have just left the it all the hell alone where lane sharing was acceptable plain and simple because once the politicians get their hands the ability to write the law they will do it in a way that totally ruins the spirit of the law as it was intended. The worst part is I guarantee it will somehow negatively affect motorcyclists while doing absolutely NOTHING to inform cage drivers of the new law or the considerations for the riders.
It's sad because it's true lol
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