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Pennsylvania State Motorcycle Laws


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Auxillary Lighting
May be added to protect the operator; PA Vehicle Code 4310
Daytime Use of Headlight
Required for motorcycles built after 1986; PA Vehicle Code 3526
Eye Protection
Required by law; PA Vehicle Code 3525(b)
Handlebar Height
No restrictions
Helmet Speakers
For communication purposes only; PA Vehicle Code 3314
Lane Splitting
Maximum Sound Level
Max A-weighted sound levels as measured at 50 feet:
84dBA at 35 mph or less
88dBA above 35mph
PA Administrative Code Section 157.11 (a)
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Required, modifications to increase sound level prohibited; PA Vehicle Code 4523
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; PA Vehicle Code 3524
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; PA Vehicle Code 3522
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law; PA Vehicle Code 4708
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants; PA Vehicle Code 7911
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill & Knowledge Test
Safety Helmet
Helmet optional for a person 21 years of age or older who either have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for not less than two full calendar years or have completed a motorcycle rider safety course approved by the department or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The passenger of a person exempt under this subsection, if the passenger is 21 years of age or older; Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Title 75, Part III, Chapter 35, Subchapter B, Section 3525
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/5)
Turn Signals
Not Required

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
Sound level shall not exceed 99dba at 20 inches
Minimum Operator Age
Under age 8 not allowed to operate an ATV
Required by law
Operator License
Not Required
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Required if under 16 years of age
Safety Helmet
Required by law
Spark Arrestor
Not Required
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Vehicle Title
Required by law
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