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CONNECTICUT MOTORCYCLE LAWS. APPLICABLE TO RIDER COURSES. RIDERCOACH ACTIVITIES RiderCoaches will provide information : About obtaining motorcycle training permit Regarding the state’s personal gear requirements Regarding the state’s motorcycle equipment requirements

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connecticut motorcycle laws

CONNECTICUTMOTORCYCLE LAWS

APPLICABLE TO RIDER COURSES

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RIDERCOACH ACTIVITIES

RiderCoaches will provide information :

About obtaining motorcycle training permit

Regarding the state’s personal gear requirements

Regarding the state’s motorcycle equipment requirements

regarding the state’s insurance requirements

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DEFINITION

  • MOTORCYCLE IS A MOTOR VEHICLE:
  • With or without a side car
  • Having not more than three wheels in contact with the ground
  • Has a saddle or seat on which the rider sits OR a platform on which the rider stands
  • Vehicle having or designed to have a completely enclosed driver's seat and a motor which is not in the enclosed area
  • Motor produces more than five brake horsepower
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MOTORCYCLE TRAINING PERMIT

    • 16 years of age or older
    • Must possess a Connecticut motor vehicle driver’s license
    • Has not had such a license suspended or revoked
    • Must pass vision and knowledge tests
  • Must present a parental consent form if under 18 years of age
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PERMIT RESTRICTIONS

    • Must have motorcycle permit and driver’s license in possession while operating the motorcycle
    • Must wear Helmet*, Regardless of age
    • * U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT ) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved protective headgear
    • Cannot operate motorcycle on a multiple lane limited access highway
    • Cannot operate motorcycle at night
    • Cannot operate motorcycle out-of-state
    • Cannot carry passengers on motorcycle
    • Violation of the above 1ST Offense $35-$50 subsequent offenses not greater than $100 &/or no more than 30 days in Jail
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VALID PERMIT PERIOD

    • 1. 60 days
  • May be renewed once in calendar year,
  • Get a new permit issued, for an additional 60 days
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ENDORSEMENT

  • Applicant has not had an endorsement within the preceding 2 years
  • An applicant for a motorcycle endorsement must successfully complete a novice motorcycle training course that is offered by DOT or any other firm or organization using MSF curriculum or that has developed a curriculum approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
  • Has sufficient knowledge of the mechanism of a motorcycle to ensure its safe operation
  • Applicant has satisfactory knowledge of the law concerning motorcycles and other motor vehicles and the rules of the road
  • Must pass vision and knowledge tests, or possess a permit
  • Prohibited from transport passengers for 90 days after obtaining a motorcycle endorsement
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ENDORSEMENT

  • Applicant has not had an endorsement within the preceding 2 years
  • An applicant for a motorcycle endorsement must successfully complete a novice motorcycle training course that is approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
  • Has sufficient knowledge of the mechanism of a motorcycle to ensure its safe operation
  • Applicant has satisfactory knowledge of the law concerning motorcycles and other motor vehicles and the rules of the road
  • Must pass vision and knowledge tests, or possess a permit
  • Prohibited from transport passengers for 90 days after obtaining a motorcycle endorsement
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ENDORSEMENT POWERS

  • If applicant has license/endorsement from another state where a similar examination or course is required, the commissioner may waive part or all of any such requirement
  • The commissioner may issue unlimited or limited endorsements based on satisfaction of applicant’s ability and competency
  • Health problems which might affect person's ability to operate a motorcycle safely, may require personal demonstration of operating a motorcycle
  • Commissioner may issue a limited endorsement requiring a designated medical authority signed certificate of the applicant's condition. Certificate is treated confidentially
  • Commissioner can suspend or refuse an endorsement to anyone, deemed incapable of safely operating a motorcycle
  • Violation of the above 1ST Offense $35-$50 subsequent offenses not greater than $100 &/or no more than 30 days in Jail
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16-17 YEAR OLD RESTRICTIONS

  • Prohibited from carrying passengers for six months after obtaining a motorcycle endorsement
  • Cannot operate a motorcycle at or after 11:00 p.m. until and including 5:00 a.m. of the following day unless
    • Such person is traveling for his or her employment or school or religious activities
    • There is a medical necessity for such travel
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PERSONAL GEAR REQUIREMENTS

MANDATORY:

HEADGEAR(conditional)

VISION PROTECTION

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PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR

  • (On and after January 1, 1990)
    • 16 & 17 years olds must wear to operate a motorcycle or a motor-driven cycle
    • Passengers under 18 must wear
  • Failure to meet above is an infraction and shall be fined not less than $90.00
    • Operating under a permit must wear Helmet, Regardless of age
    • Must meet U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT ) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved standards
    • Violation of the above 1ST Offense $35-$50 subsequent offenses not greater than $100 &/or no more than 30 days in Jail
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VISION-PROTECTING DEVICES

    • Must wear vision protection such as goggles, glasses, face shields
    • Does not apply to operators of motorcycles equipped with a wind screen or windshield which conforms to the minimum specifications
    • **DMV Commissioner regulates specifications for vision-protecting devices in accordance with nationally accepted standards
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MOTORCYCLE EQUIPMENT

Head lamps

Fenders

Handlebars

Brakes

Mufflers

Tail Lights

Reflectors

Stop lamps

Turn signals

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HEAD LAMPS

  • Have at least one and not more than two head lamps
      • Every head lamp shall be located at a mounted height of not less than 24 inches not more than 54 inches
      • Single-beam or Multiple-beam head lamps
        • Sufficient intensity to reveal a person or vehicle at:
          • Not less than 100 feet at less than 25 MPH
          • Not less than 200 feet at greater than 25 MPH
          • Not less than 300 feet at greater than 35 MPH
        • High Beam at least 500 FT
      • Shall illuminate the head lamp at all times when operating a motorcycle manufactured after January 1, 1980
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HEAD LAMPS

    • BEAM REQUIREMENTS:
      • For all conditions of loading. The uppermost distribution of light for high beam is aimed and of sufficient intensity to reveal a person or vehicle at least 500 FT
      • When loaded, a low single-beam lamp is aimed that none of the high-intensity portion of light, projects higher than the level of the center of the lamp at a distance of 25 feet ahead.
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FENDERS

    • Equipped with fenders on all wheels which come into contact with the highway
  • HANDLEBARS
  • For motorcycles operating on highway or in any parking area for 10 or more motor vehicles
  • No more than the height of the operator's shoulders
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Brakes

    • Model year 1974 or later shall be equipped with brakes on both the front and rear wheels. except the wheel or wheels on a sidecar
    • Brakes shall be maintained in good working order at all times
    • Capable of bringing the motorcycle to a controlled stop in distance and conditions prescribed by the DMV Commissioner
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MUFFLER

  • Must have a muffler(s) with interior baffle plates or other effective muffling devices
  • No gutted muffler, muffler cutout or a straight exhaust
  • Except- When operated in a race, contest ordemonstration of speed or skill as a public exhibition
  • Cannot remove all or any part of a muffler except to repair or replace the muffler or replace a part that is more effective in noise prevention
  • Cannot add any extension or device on an exhaust system or tail pipe which will cause excessive or unusual noise
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Tail Lights & Registration Light

  • Have at least one tail lamp mounted on the rear
  • When lighted shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 1000 feet to the rear
  • Shall be located at a mounted height not less than 15 inches and not more than 72 inches
  • Rear registration plate shall be so illumined with a white light as to render it clearly legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear
  • Registration Light is wired as to be lighted whenever the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lighted
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REFLECTORS

  • Have at least one reflector either as a part of the tail lamps or separate
  • Mounted at a height not less than 15 inches and not more than 60 inches size
  • Be of size to be visible at night from all distances within 350 feet
  • Seen 100 feet from such vehicle when directly in front of upper beams of head lamps
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STOP LAMPS

  • Equipped with at least one stop lamp
  • TURN SIGNALS
  • Display a red or amber light, or any shade of color between red and amber
  • Visible from a Distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear in normal sunlight
  • Equipped with a turn signal lamp or lamps complying with the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 571.108, as amended
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INSURANCE MINIMUMS

  • 20/40/10 Personal/Accidental/Property
    • Claim for damages:
    • By reason of personal injury to, or the death of, any one person, of $20,000
    • By reason of personal injury to, or the death of, more than one person on account of any accident, of at least $40,000
    • Damage to property of at least $10,000
    • An exclusion in personal injury coverage for passengers
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INSURANCE DISCOUNT

    • Minimum discount of 10% on premium charges for liability insurance policies for motorcycles
    • Applicable for a period of five years from the original effective date of the discount
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INSURANCE DISCOUNT ELIGIBILITY

  •  Proof of successful completion of the novice or advanced motorcycle training course offered by the Department of Transportation
    • Course shall be completed within one year prior to the initial application of the discount
    • If proof of successful completion is submitted during the term of a policy, any premium modification shall become effective upon the next renewal
    • Not be applicable to physical damage insurance coverage
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INFRACTION FINES

  • Riding without an endorsement or violation of permit restrictions:
  • 1ST Offense $35-$50 subsequent offenses not greater than $100 &/or no more than 30 days in Jail
  • Under 18 year old helmet requirement violations
  • fined not less than $90.00
  • Judges of the Superior Court establish and maintain a schedule of fines deemed to be infractions by Connecticut General Statutes of:
  • NOT LESS THAN $35.00
  • NOT GREATER THAN $90.00
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PASSENGERS

    • May not transport passengers for 90 days after obtaining endorsement
    • 16 and 17-year-old drivers are prohibited from carrying passengers for six months after obtaining a motorcycle endorsement
    • Motorcycle must be properly equipped to carry more than one person, a permanent or regular seat
    • Motorcycle has another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator
    • Passengers are prohibited from riding sidesaddle on a motorcycle
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 LANE OPERATION OF MOTORCYCLES

    • Motorcycle is entitled to the full use of any single traffic lane
    • Prohibits the operation of more than two motorcycles abreast in any single traffic lane
    • Shall not overtake and pass, in the same single traffic lane, any motor vehicle other than a motorcycle
    • Shall not operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic
    • Permitted in a High Occupancy Vehicle(HOV) Lane