ABATE of Oklahoma’s 2016 Legislative Agenda
ABATE of Oklahoma is well on its way towards a successful legislative season. We’ll be working to pass three bills this year.
SB1407 - a bill that requests a 25% discount for motorcycles on all Oklahoma turnpikes. Vehicles wear out the turnpikes based on how heavy they are which is why 18 wheelers pay big tolls. Why should 500 pound motorcycles be paying the same toll as a dually with an industrial welder and a bunch of scrap iron. Right now, we’re paying the same toll because we both have two axles.
SB1062 - bill asks for specialized motorcycle tags for members of ABATE of Oklahoma. They will be available for both cages and motorcycles. (due to time constraints within the legislation, this bill was not voted on and will be revisited again in the next legislative session)
HB2260 - bill has to do with anyone under the age of 18 who wants an ‘M’ endorsement. Those folks will have to attend a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) training session to get their endorsement. Motorcycle riders under 18 are statistically more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents. Requiring that they be trained will cut down on the number of those accidents. With 11 different MSF sites scattered around the state, we do have the capacity to train these younger riders. PASSED, see below!
***UPDATED Motorcycle Law***
Starting August 26, 2016, Oklahoma law will change for people 17 or younger who are seeking an original or renewed driver license with an M (motorcycle) endorsement.
As of that date, riders age 17 or younger who are seeking a new or renewed license with an M endorsement will be required to complete a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) training course before applying.
Basic Rider Course
Prerequisites: Ability to ride a bicycle. Full protective attire is required and provided at most course locations. [Must be of legal age to operate a motorcycle on the street].
The Basic RiderCourse is a complete entry-level, learn-to-ride class that consists of at least 15 hours of formal classroom activities and on-cycle riding exercises conducted over two or three days. About five hours are devoted to learning activities in the classroom, and around 10 hours of hands-on practice are included. Training motorcycles are provided. Successful completion meets the requirement of an original or renewed driver’s license with an M (motorcycle) endorsement for riders 17 or younger in Oklahoma and may result in an insurance discount.
Click map for MSF Courses offered in Oklahoma
Map showing MSF approved training locations statewide. These training centers offer motorcycle training opportunities annually throughout the riding season. Placing your cursor on a map point reveals the training centers in the area. Clicking on a map point reveals the training location and contact information.
For more information about motorcycle training opportunities statewide contact:
Motorcycle Safety Program Manager
Oklahoma Highway Safety Office
As with every previous year, there will be bills submitted that are not in the best interest of Oklahoma motorcyclists. We’ve lost track of how many of those we’ve killed over the years. Rest assured, we’ll be diligently doing the same thing in 2016.
Chairman, Government Affairs
ABATE of Oklahoma