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SF 128

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 01/14/2019 03:49pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; replacing two-wheeled vehicle endorsement with
motorcycle endorsement; amending requirements to obtain a motorcycle
endorsement; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 169.224, subdivision
3; 169.974, subdivision 2; 171.06, subdivision 2a; repealing Minnesota Rules, part
7410.4880, subpart 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.224, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Operation.

(a) A neighborhood electric vehicle or a medium-speed electric
vehicle may not be operated on a street or highway with a speed limit greater than 35 miles
per hour, except to make a direct crossing of that street or highway.

(b) A person may operate a three-wheeled neighborhood electric vehicle without a
deleted text begin two-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginmotorcycle new text endendorsement, provided the person has a valid driver's
license issued under chapter 171.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.974, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

License endorsement and permit requirements.

(a) No person shall operate
a motorcycle on any street or highway without having a valid driver's license with a
deleted text begin two-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginmotorcycle new text endendorsement as provided by law. A person may operate
an autocycle without a deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginmotorcycle new text endendorsement, provided the person
has a valid driver's license issued under section 171.02.

(b) The commissioner of public safety shall issue a deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginmotorcycle
new text end endorsement only if the applicant (1) has in possession a valid deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end
new text begin motorcycle new text endinstruction permit as provided in paragraph (c), (2) has passed a written
examination and road test new text beginfor either two-wheeled or three-wheeled vehicles new text endadministered
by the Department of Public Safety for the endorsement, and (3) in the case of applicants
under 18 years of age, presents a certificate or other evidence of having successfully
completed an approved two-wheeled new text beginor three-wheeled new text endvehicle driver's safety course in this
or another state, in accordance with rules adopted by the commissioner of public safety for
courses offered by a public, private, or commercial school or institute. The commissioner
of public safety may waive the road test for any applicant on determining that the applicant
possesses a valid license to operate a two-wheeled new text beginor three-wheeled new text endvehicle issued by a
jurisdiction that requires a comparable road test for license issuance.

(c) The commissioner of public safety shall issue a deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginmotorcycle
new text end instruction permit to any person over 16 years of age who (1) is in possession of a valid
driver's license, (2) is enrolled in an approved two-wheeled new text beginor three-wheeled new text endvehicle driver's
safety course, and (3) has passed a written examination for the permit and paid a fee
prescribed by the commissioner of public safety. A deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginmotorcycle
new text end instruction permit is effective for one year and may be renewed under rules prescribed by
the commissioner of public safety.

(d) No person who is operating by virtue of a deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginmotorcycle new text endinstruction
permit shall:

(1) carry any passengers on the streets and highways of this state on the motorcycle
while the person is operating the motorcycle;

(2) drive the motorcycle at night; or

(3) drive the motorcycle without wearing protective headgear that complies with standards
established by the commissioner of public safety.

(e) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) to (d), the commissioner of public safety may issue
a special motorcycle permit, restricted or qualified as the commissioner of public safety
deems proper, to any person demonstrating a need for the permit and unable to qualify for
a driver's license.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 171.06, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

deleted text beginTwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end new text beginMotorcycle new text endendorsement fee.

(a) The fee for any
duplicate driver's license obtained for the purpose of adding a deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end
new text begin motorcycle new text endendorsement is increased by $18.50 for each first such duplicate license and
$13 for each renewal thereof. The additional fee must be paid into the state treasury and
credited as follows:

(1) $11 of the additional fee for each first duplicate license, and $7 of the additional fee
for each renewal, must be credited to the motorcycle safety fund, which is hereby created;
and

(2) the remainder of the additional fee must be credited to the general fund.

(b) All application forms prepared by the commissioner for deleted text begintwo-wheeled vehicledeleted text end
new text begin motorcycle new text endendorsements must clearly state the amount of the total fee that is dedicated to
the motorcycle safety fund.

Sec. 4. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Rules, part 7410.4880, subpart 2, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Rule: 19-0387

7410.4880 SKILLS TEST FOR MOTORIZED BICYCLE OR THREE-WHEEL MOTORCYCLE.

Subp. 2.

Required for three-wheel motorcycle restriction.

The skills test must also be used for applicants testing to add a three-wheeled motorcycle restriction to a Minnesota driver's license.