Bills Of Interest

Senate

Unfair Claim Settlement Practices

Bill Number: SB193

Introduced by Senator Stuart

We would like to see this bill amended to include motorcycles

Identical to HB870 which was introduced by Delegate Hugo

Under current law insurance companies and repair facilities are prohibited from making an appraisal of a damaged automobile without making a personal inspection. This bill would also allow appraisals to be done using photographs.

This code also requires that any estimate of an automobile that is prepared based on the use of parts not made by the original manufacturer must conspicuously state that to be the fact

We would like to see motorcycle estimates receive the same protection

Read more about this bill.

Motor Vehicle Fees

Bill Number: SB35

Introduced by Senator Carrico

VCOM opposes this legislation

The bill provides additional funding for the Virginia State Police by adding an incremental fee for every motor vehicle you own. By July 1, 2025 that fee would be $12.50 per motor vehicle per year.
A household with two cars and two motorcycles would pay $50 per year in additional fees

We believe that this would have a disproportional effect on our community since we own more motor vehicles than the average household

Read more about this bill.

General Illumination – Number of Lights Allowed to Be Illuminated

Bill Number: SB25

Introduced by Senator Reeves

The bill was introduced by request of a constituent of Senator Reeves

Identical to HB10 which was introduced by Delegate Cole by request

The bill may require a change to Section 46.2-1012 which prohibits motor vehicles from having more than two auxiliary headlights

While VCOM supports additional illumination for motorcycles, attendees of the motorcycle roundtable wanted to ensure that this bill remained separate and apart from HB 939 which is our auxiliary light bill

The purpose of this bill is to improve visibility of motorcycles from the front in order to help prevent left turns in front of motorcycles

Read more about this bill.

House of Representatives

Reckless Driving by Speed

Bill Number: HB1043/1185

Introduced by Delegate Rasoul and Sickles

Under current law it is per-se reckless driving to drive at a speed of 20 mph over the speed limit or at any speed in excess of 80 mph regardless of the speed limit

This bill would make that threshold for reckless driving 85 mph when in a 70 mph zone

This is an answer to speed traps such as the Million Dollar Mile on 295 in Hopewell where people doing 81 mph in a 70 mph zone are receiving reckless driving tickets

You may follow the progress of these bills and read the text at the following links:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+HB1043

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+HB1185

Auxiliary Lighting for Motorcycles

Bill Number: HB939

Introduced by Delegate Wilt by Request of VCOM

This bill would allow motorcyclists to utilize LED type auxiliary lights to increases visibility of motorcycles, especially at night. Auxiliary side lighting lessens the chance of a collision caused by an automobile or truck changing lanes into a motorcycle

Several states neighboring Virginia (Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania & West Virginia) have adopted similar legislation in order to increase visibility to motorcycles. There have not been any reported problems associated with this legislation

This bill adopts language recently approved by Illinois. Virginia Code and federal regulation require side lighting for automobiles and trucks but not motorcycles. There is currently no “approved” lighting on the market which is appropriate for most motorcycles.

Read more about this bill.

Unfair Claim Settlement Practices

Bill Number: HB870

Introduced by Delegate Hugo

We would like to see this bill amended to include motorcycles

Identical to SB193 which was introduced by Senator Stuart

Under current law insurance companies and repair facilities are prohibited from making an appraisal of a damaged automobile without making a personal inspection. This bill would also allow appraisals to be done using photographs.

This code also requires that any estimate of an automobile that is prepared based on the use of parts not made by the original manufacturer must conspicuously state that to be the fact

We would like to see motorcycle estimates receive the same protection

Read more about this bill.

General Illumination – Number of Lights Allowed to Be Illuminated

Bill Number: HB10

Introduced by Delegate Cole

The bill was introduced by request of a constituent of Delegate Cole

Identical to SB25 which was introduced by Senator Bryce Reeves by request

The bill may require a change to Section 46.2-1012 which prohibits motor vehicles from having more than two auxiliary headlights

While VCOM supports additional illumination for motorcycles, attendees of the motorcycle roundtable wanted to ensure that this bill remained separate and apart from HB 939 which is our auxiliary light bill

The purpose of this bill is to improve visibility of motorcycles from the front in order to help prevent left turns in front of motorcycles

Read more about this bill.