Update on SB 836 – Riding on Motorcycles

SB 836 came out of the Senate Transportation Committee yesterday on a 14-1 vote. Senator Ralph Smith from Roanoke was the only no vote. Unfortunately the committee rejected our substitute language, fearing that our language was too broad.  Our language would have simply allowed a rider to stand on the foot rests so long as not done in a manner so at to endanger life limb or property.

As passed by the Senate Transportation Committee, the bill would require motorcyclists to ride upon the permanent seat attached to the motorcycle “unless safety dictates standing on both foot pegs for no longer than is necessary”.  Current law restricts the rider by requiring that he or she ride only upon the permanent seat.  This is contrary to what is taught in the Basic Rider Course, which teaches that it is appropriate to stand on the foot rests under certain circumstances.

VCOM will continue to pursue strategies to improve this bill as it heads to the full Senate and then over to the House of Delegates.  Thank you to all who took the time to email legislators about this bill.  We will continue to look to you for support during this legislative session to ensure that the interests of Virginia motorcyclists are protected.

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group