The Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) and Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group invites all interested motorcyclists to attend this year’s Motorcycle Lobby Day Meeting. This year it will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists lobbyists will lead an informational meeting at the Holiday Inn Richmond South, located at 4303 Commerce Rd., Richmond, VA 23234. At this meeting we will discuss this year’s legislation affecting motorcyclists. We will also give pointers on how to talk to your legislators about these important issues. Later that evening, attendees will enjoy a free BBQ dinner. On Monday the 21st, we will leave the hotel at 8:00 a.m. sharp for our annual trip to the Capitol. The 21st is a holiday so many people will be off work. After lobbying our legislators, we will head to Penny Lane Pub where The Motorcycle Law Group will provide lunch to all who attended as a thank you for coming to support Virginia motorcyclists.
This year we intend to pursue two legislative initiatives that came out of this year’s Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable. One will amend section 18.2-324 of the Code of Virginia to clarify that it is illegal to blow grass onto the roadway. Grass on the roadway can be a hazard to motorists, especially motorcyclists. The other piece of legislation will seek to change the law in order to allow motorcyclists to use the right shoulder of any limited access highway when traffic is congested. The proposed bill would only allow this for the purpose of leaving the highway at the very next available exit. This is an important issue to motorcyclists, especially in areas such as Tidewater and Northern Virginia where it is not uncommon for air cooled motorcycles to overheat in congested traffic.
We often find ourselves on the defensive end of legislation. VCOM lobbyists keep watch for bills which negatively affect motorcycling as well. As these bills are filed we will identify them so that we can discuss them at Lobby Day and convince legislators to oppose them.
I encourage everyone who can to join us. It is a lot of fun, it is educational, and most importantly it shows the legislators that motorcyclists are a significant and active portion of the electorate.
For more information you may call VCOM at (800) 437-9434. For Room Reservations call (804) 592-2900. Make sure to ask for the Motorcycle Lobbyist Event Rate. We hope to see you at Lobby Day.
McGrath, Danielson, Sorrell & Fuller
Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group