NCOM E- CYCLE NEWSBYTES- June 2012

NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

 

NCOM CONVENTION LAPS THE CIRCLE CITY

Indianapolis is known for its world famous racetrack, but few people realize that the first race ever ran at the “brickyard” was with motorcycles way back in 1909. After more than a century, we’re still in a race — but it’s not a shiny trophy we’re out to win, but our rights as riders.

 

The 27th annual NCOM Convention was held over Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13, 2012 at the luxurious J W Marriot in Indy, and this yearly gathering drew bikers’ rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders; such as biker discrimination, motorcycle-only roadblocks, and mobilizing motorcyclists to advocate motorcycle-friendly legislation and defeat anti-biking bills.  Early motorcyclists didn’t face many restrictions on themselves or their machines, and our goal as grass roots activists over the years has been to maintain our Freedom of the Road, while promoting a pro-motorcycling agenda to make roads safer for future riders.

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THE AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

 

NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

 PENNSYLVANIA MEASURE WOULD LIMIT LEARNER PERMITS

ABATE of Pennsylvania is supporting legislation to limit the number of motorcycle learner’s permits allowed before a rider must get a license.  “All too often those involved in serious accidents have no motorcycle endorsement on their license,” lobbyist Charles Umbenhauer of BikePAC told the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), adding that “In most cases this also means they have had no formal motorcycle rider training.”

 State Representative Seth Grove (R-Dover Township) has introduced legislation aimed at increasing motorcycle safety by requiring riders to get a motorcycle license rather than continuously reapplying for a motorcycle learner’s permit.

 Currently, an aspiring rider can get a permit after passing a written test, which is good for a year to allow motorcyclists to legally ride and gain experience until they get their motorcycle license.  However, some riders reapply to renew the permit year after year rather than getting a full license, Rep. Grove said.

 Under Grove’s proposal, a rider would only be allowed to reapply for a learner’s permit three times in 10 years.

 “The purpose is to make people get the license,” stated Grove, adding that more motorcyclists taking the skills tests or enrolling in the state’s rider training program would mean more trained riders on the road.

 If a rider doesn’t get a license within 10 years of receiving the first permit, he or she wouldn’t be able to get another permit for seven years. The bill was referred to the transportation committee earlier this year and is expected to be addressed this fall

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