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AMA News and Notes: July 2014

July 07, 2014


National and Regional News

 

            Washington, D.C.: A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would require the U.S. Forest Service to publish a strategy to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in trail maintenance.
            U.S. Reps. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.) introduced the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2014 (H.R. 4886) on June 18.
            In addition to increasing the use of volunteers, the act would require the Secretary of Agriculture to examine ways to effectively use fire crews for maintenance operations when the crews are not needed elsewhere.
            H.R. 4886 has broad support among trail users, including the American Horse Council, the American Outdoor Association, and the Wilderness Society.
            The bill was referred to the House Agriculture Committee and its Natural Resources Committee.

 

            Washington, D.C.: The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that reaffirms Congress' intent to prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from lobbying states and state legislators on motorcycle safety matters.
            H.R. 4745 -- the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act -- originally contained a provision that would have permitted the NHSTA to spend tax money to try to convince states to adopt mandatory motorcycle helmet laws and to impose other unnecessary regulations on motorcyclists.
            The ban has been in place since 1995.
            U.S. Reps. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) offered the amendment to strike Section 102 of H.R. 4745. The amended bill passed on a vote of 229-192, with 10 members not voting.
            The Senate version of the appropriations bill remains under consideration.
            The AMA believes that adults should have the right to voluntarily decide when to wear a helmet. The AMA does not oppose laws requiring helmets for minor motorcycle operators and passengers. The AMA asserts that helmet use alone is insufficient to ensure a motorcyclist's safety.

   To read the AMA's full position on voluntary helmet use, visit: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/PositionStatements/VoluntaryHelmetUse.aspx.

 

 

State News

 

            Dover, Del.: House Bill 56, sponsored by Rep. Daniel B. Short (R-Seaford), sets certain regulations for motor vehicle data-reporting devices to prohibit the use by insurance companies of such data for anything other than consideration for premium discounts, requires disclosure to the insured of others who may gain access to such data, and otherwise prohibits insurance companies from releasing such data to others. Signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell, the bill takes effect immediately.


            Springfield, Ill.: Senate Bill 2808, known as the Freedom From Location Surveillance Act and sponsored by Sen. Daniel K. Biss (D-Skokie), would prohibit a law enforcement agency from obtaining current or future location information pertaining to a person or his or her effects without first obtaining a court order based on probable cause to believe that the person whose location information is sought has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime or the effect is evidence of a crime. An order issued under a finding of probable cause must be limited to a period of 60 days, renewable by the judge upon a showing of good cause for subsequent periods of 60 days. The bill was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on June 26, following unanimous passage in the House and Senate.

 

            Indianapolis, Ind.: A new traffic law takes effect on July 1 that allows riders to proceed through stuck red lights under certain conditions.

            Riders have long complained that traffic sensors buried in the road don't often sense their bikes due to the smaller size of the vehicles.

            The new law states that if anyone driving a scooter, moped, or motorcycle sits at a red light for two minutes or longer, they may cautiously proceed through the intersections, without being cited.


            Jefferson City, Mo.: Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed House Bill 1735 which allows dealers, distributors, and manufacturers to sell motorcycles, “motortricycles” and motorized vehicles on Sundays. Previously, Sunday sales had been prohibited under state law.


            Albany, N.Y.: Assembly Bill 9883, sponsored by Assemblyman Thomas J. Abinanti (D-Tarrytown), would allow individuals to pursue damages from the state for defects in state roads year round so long as the state has received actual or constructive notice of the defect. Currently, individuals may pursue damages only if an incident occurred from May 1 to November 15. The bill also protects the state from lawsuits for defects for which it did not receive notification.


            Olympia, Wash.: Senate Bill 5141, signed by Gov. Inslee, took effect on June 14. It states that if a traffic control signal, including the left turn signal, as appropriate, fails to operate after one cycle of the traffic signal, the operator may, after exercising due care, proceed directly through the intersection or proceed to turn left, as appropriate.

             


 International News

 

            Sydney, Australia: New South Wales is the first of the country’s states and territories to legalize motorcycle lane filtering (splitting) as part of a recently announced package of changes designed to help ease road congestion and improve safety by reforming laws for motorcyclists. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2014 and includes a maximum traffic speed of 30 km/h (19 mph) and other similar limitations. http://www.mccofnsw.org.au/a/364.html

           


AMA News


            Lexington, Ohio: The seminar program at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, will provide a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to hear from living legends and noted motorcycling specialists this July 11-13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
            This year's seminar lineup includes topics such as "The Art of Motorcycle Customization" by Tony Prust with Analog Motorcycles, "Motocross: The Early Years" by Tom White, "Vintage Restorations: From Basic to Concours" by the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and "Amazing Stories of Streamlining from the Vetter Fuel Challenges" by Craig Vetter.
            Other speakers and groups include members of the Louisville Vintage Motorworks, representatives from Motorcycle Ohio, Mike Seate, Terry Hershner, Bob Munden, Bridgestone Motorcycle Club members, Eric Trow, Mark Merical, Steve Salisbury from the AMA Government Relations Department, Joe Bromley from the AMA Organizer Services and Racing Department, and representatives from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.
            To attend the seminars at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, make plans to come to the event now. For tickets, visit www.midohio.com or call (800) 643-6446.
            With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, is the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage.
            For 2014, the event is shining the spotlight on the famed Indian Wrecking Crew, which in the early 1950s made an indelible mark on the history books and solidified the reputation of Indian Motocycles, as the company was then known, as one of the 20th Century's greatest marques. Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, the surviving members of the Indian Wrecking Crew, which also included the late Ernie Beckman, will serve as grand marshals of BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle.
            Join thousands of other vintage motorcycling fans this July 11-13 as history comes alive in northern Ohio at the country's premier vintage motorcycling event. Enjoy national championship vintage road racing, motocross, harescrambles, trials and dirt track competition, as well as bike shows, demo rides of new motorcycles and North America's largest motorcycle swap meet.
            For more on BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Indian Motorcycle, see www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

            Pickerington, Ohio: The AMA is encouraging motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to put away their phones while using the nation’s roadways during National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in July. National Cellphone Courtesy Month encourages cell phone users to be more respectful of their surroundings. The AMA believes that respect should extend to drivers and pedestrians, as well.
            According to the National Highway Safety Administration, distracted and inattentive driving have contributed to a significant number of motor vehicle crashes. The AMA supports legislation that makes available to the courts harsher penalties for offenders, such as higher fines, license suspension, points assessed against an operator's record, community service, or imprisonment.
            To view the AMA position statement on distracted and inattentive driving, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/positionstatements.


            Pickerington, Ohio: For those times when two wheels aren't enough, AMA members can save on Hertz vehicle rentals, thanks to a new member-benefit package. The AMA member discount program offers year-round savings of up to 25 percent on daily, weekend, weekly, and monthly rentals, and can be combined with value-added promotional offers for even greater savings.
            AMA members also receive free enrollment in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, which allows them to bypass the Hertz rental counter, receive vehicle updates or select an upgrade on their phone, enjoy expedited drop-off, and earn points toward free rental days.
            To access this valuable member benefit, AMA members are encouraged visit the Members Only section of www.americanmotorcyclist.com for the exclusive discount code.


            Pickerington, Ohio: Members of the AMA can now subscribe to the leading satellite personal tracking system for less. The SPOT family of products, which includes the SPOT Gen3™ satellite GPS messenger, SPOT Global Phone and all new theft-alert tracking device, SPOT Trace™, will provide AMA members with an unprecedented and exclusive service credit on SPOT products in addition to existing device promotions.

            The exclusive AMA-member discounts apply to the SPOT Gen3, SPOT Global Phone and SPOT Trace products. Learn more about these devices at www.FindMeSPOT.com/AMA.

            For details about the exclusive AMA-member discounts, and how to take advantage of these unprecedented money-saving offers, AMA members should visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Membership Info > Member Discount Codes.



           

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