Q — How many pieces of state and federal legislation did the AMA review and track in 2016?
A – In 2016, the AMA government relations staff reviewed 23,054 bills and tracked 1,150 to make sure motorcyclists rights were protected.
Q – How many legislative alerts and bulletins did the AMA send out in 2016?
A – The AMA issued 484 AMA Action Alerts and nine advocacy-oriented press releases in 2016.
Q – How many individual advocacy messages were sent to AMA Action Alerts subscribers and elected officials in 2016?
A – In 2016, the AMA sent AMA Action Alerts subscribers and elected officials a total of:
- 5.2 million emails, up 4.1 percent from 2015
- 88,585 letters, up 3.4 percent from 2015
- 20,850 petition signatures
- 1,929 comments to regulatory agencies
Q – How many people subscribe to AMA Action Alerts?
A – The AMA advocacy engagement tool recorded 30,943 new subscribers in 2016, bringing the total to 346,909, a 9.8 percent increase.
Q – What is E15 fuel, and is it safe for my motorcycle?
A – E15 fuel is 15 percent ethanol by volume...
- It is NOT safe for any of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in operation.
- Using unsafe E15 can damage fuel systems and engines and void manufacturer warranties.
- It is appearing in more and more fuel stations, resulting from the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Each year the odds of misfueling are increasing and availability of safe fuels is decreasing because the federal government has mandated higher and higher amounts of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.
- Learn more at cqrcengage.com/amacycle/FuelforThought.
Q – What is the AMA doing about the dangers of distracted driving to motorcyclists?
A – The AMA is working to ensure that distracted driving remains a priority...
Q – What are motorcycle-only checkpoints, and why are they a problem?
A – Motorcycle-only checkpoints single out a specific type of legal motor vehicle: motorcycles.
- The AMA opposes these discriminatory and ineffective checkpoints.
- Checkpoints already are restricted by state law or judicial action in: Alaska, California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Q – Is lane splitting a safe practice, and is it allowed in my state?
A – When done responsibly, lane splitting:
- Has been shown to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities, according to a study released by the University of California—Berkeley in 2015.
- The AMA supports states’ active involvement in establishing effective regulations for safe lane splitting.
- In 2016, lane-splitting bills were considered in Colorado, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
- California, which passed its bill in 2016, remains the only state where lane splitting is legal.
Q – I’ve heard about new technology that allows vehicles to communicate with each other and highway safety systems. How will this affect motorcycling?
A – While these technologies offer the promise of safer travel...
- The AMA is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure that motorcycles are taken into account when vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication systems are designed.
- We want to be sure these new wireless technologies protect the privacy of motorcyclists.
- The AMA also has contacted government agencies, elected officials, automakers, technology companies and software developers to ensure that motorcycles are properly identified by driver-assist features and autonomous vehicles and that these vehicles react appropriately to nearby riders.
- The AMA’s No. 1 priority regarding new technology is motorcyclist safety.
Q – What is the AMA doing to make sure I can ride my motorcycle in HOV and express lanes?
A – Because motorcycles are inherently fuel efficient, have a small footprint and can ease traffic congestion...
- The AMA works to ensure motorcyclists have access to high-occupancy vehicle and express lanes.
- Highways that were built with federal funds, such as interstates, cannot charge motorcyclists a toll to access these lanes.
- Some states require vehicle operators, including riders, to purchase a transponder.
Q – How is the AMA protecting programs funded by motorcyclists?
A – Many states have dedicated, rider-funded programs for motorcycle training/awareness and motorized recreation areas...
Q – What is the AMA doing about loud motorcycles disrupting urban areas and communities?
A – Since its inception in 1924, the AMA has maintained a position of strong opposition to excessive motorcycle sound...
Q – My motorcycle takes up so little space, so why do some parking garages ban motorcycles?
A – The AMA is actively working to ensure:
- That no public roads, public parking lots or parking garages specifically ban motorcycles.
- We believe that, as taxpayers, motorcyclists should be able to access the same infrastructure as other vehicles.
Q – Every year we battle so-called environmentalists who want to close our public lands to off-highway motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. What is the AMA doing about this?
A – The AMA advocates for responsible motorized recreational access to our public lands.
- OHV recreation has many benefits, including support for local economies, family recreation and environmental stewardship.
- The AMA actively opposes inappropriately designated federal Wilderness, over-reaching national monument designations, restrictive travel management plans and reduced/redirected sources of federal funding.
- For more, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com/About-The-AMA/access-to-public-lands.
Q – What is the Recreational Trails Program and how does it help motorcyclists?
A – The long-running federal Recreational Trails Program:
- Is funded by excise taxes on fuel purchased for off-highway vehicle recreation.
- Is a major success story thanks to the hard work of AMA members and other OHV enthusiasts.
- Gives motorized recreation and non-motorized recreation 30 percent each of total RTP funds, and the remaining 40 percent is allocated for mixed-use trails projects.
Q – In my part of the country there are few public lands where we can ride. What is the AMA doing to help us?
A – The AMA works with riders to pass landowner liability legislation in their states, allowing private landowners to permit OHV riders to access their property, boosting responsible recreation and economic activity.
Q – My health insurance provider will not cover claims resulting from my use of a motorcycle. What can the AMA do to help?
A — Health-insurance discrimination affects on- and off-highway riders alike:
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2012 (Obamacare) offers employees no new protections from this type of discrimination.
- Colorado has the only state law that specifically prohibits denial of healthcare coverage for injuries sustained while riding a motorcycle.
- Typically, this discrimination occurs where employers’ healthcare plans exclude coverage for injuries sustained while the insured individual was engaged in so-called “extreme” or “risky” activities.
- The AMA continues to monitor federal regulations and pending legislation for potential problems.
Q – How can I keep up to date on the issues facing motorcyclists?
A – The stay abreast of rapidly changing developments and news affecting the motorcycling community, subscribe to AMA Action Alerts and the monthly AMA News & Notes at https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/register?0&m=16006.
Q – How can I become more involved in motorcycle advocacy?
A – To learn more about political activism and what you can do to make a difference, got to https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/getinvolved.