Bill that would allow motorcyclists to split lanes stalls in committee

From left to right Representative Craig Hall and British Bike Club Vice President Bill Revene

By Ryan Joyner

SALT LAKE CITY — The House of Transportation Committee choose to send HB281, which would have allowed motorcyclists to split lanes, or pass car in the space between lanes, in traffic under 30 miles an hours, back for revisions.

HB281 was suggested to West Valley Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, by Bill Revene, the vice president of Utah’s British Bike Club.

Education Coordinator Eric Stine of the Utah chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education voiced opposition to implementing the bill until educational programs on proper lane splitting technique could be implemented.

Stine felt this aspect of the bill would be especially important in protecting junior riders.Completed Motorcycle Graphic2

Rep. John Knotwell, R-Herriman, motioned to hold, or stop the bill until changes could be made, after Knotwell highlighted that all cited studies were completed out of state. The committee voted 7-1 to hold the bill.

Utah public safety reports show a modest increase in motorists fatal accidents during the past twelve years. It is inconclusive how laws like allowable lane splitting could affect that rate in coming years.

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