CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire will continue to require motorcycle safety inspections on an annual basis, after a bill that would have stretched inspections to every two years was tabled in committee with no hope of action this legislative session. Republican-sponsored HB553 would have made motorcycle inspections biannual. A number of groups opposed it, including the Department of Safety, AAA-Northern New England, the New Hampshire Motorcyclist Rights Organization (NHMRO), and the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association (NHADA), which also represents powersports dealers in the state. The House Transportation Committee recommended that the bill be “laid upon the table,” virtually killing it for the balance of the 2017 session. When the full House voted March 9, the vote was 246-96 against the bill.
NHADA credited members George Mullin of Souhegan Valley Motorsports in Milford, Curt Grenier of Naults Powersports in Manchester, and Norman Martineau of Rochester Motorsports Inc. in Rochester, who testified against the bill and contributed expertise.
The state does not set inspection rates, but says inspections typically cost about $20 to $50 per bike. The proposed change, according to a nonpartisan legislative analysis, would have reduced highway revenue that is sent back to municipalities in the form of block grants. “The Department of Safety states current [annual] inspection revenue generated from motorcycle inspections is $240,533. Ten percent of motorcycles registered each year are new; therefore, reductions in revenue ($216,480) would be in the following fiscal year (FY 2019) of this bill’s passage, and every other fiscal year thereafter,” according to the analysis. “Therefore, this bill would result in a decrease in state highway fund expenditures and local revenues of $25,978 ($216,480 x 0.12) every other year beginning in FY 2020.”
As many of you know, last year the MRF assumed a new endeavor related to the unconstitutional practice of motorcycle profiling. After reports began to rise from our own membership citing instances where they felt singled out by law enforcement simply because of their appearance, apparel, or because they are simply riding a motorcycle, the MRF decided to take action. Working with its partners within the Anti-Profiling Action Group, the MRF developed a strategy at the national level to help combat profiling, an issue that affects ALL riders and is unfortunately increasing. We know this to be true because of a survey put forth by the Motorcycle Profiling Project. In 2015, the survey found over 50% of riders across the U.S. reported being unjustifiably stopped by police at least once while riding their motorcycles. With a participation level of over 5,000 motorcyclists nation-wide, these facts and figures will help support and solidify our concerns over this issue when addressing lawmakers in Washington, D.C. This year, the Motorcycle Profiling Project has launched another survey designed to reach an even broader audience. Like the previous survey, its results will be used as critical tools in the efforts to obtain legislative relief across the country. I am asking you to take a few moments and fill out the survey, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. It’s completely anonymous and it’s only 15 questions.
YOUR VOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE! http://www.motorcycleprofilingproject.com/national-motorcycle-profling-survey/ On behalf of the entire MRF membership and its Board of Directors, thank you for your support on this issue. RIDE FREE-
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Status: IN COMMITTEE Senate Status: PASSED/ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENT Next/Last Comm: HOUSE Transportation Next/Last Hearing: 03/22/2017 at 10:00 AM LOB Room203
This bill repeals restrictions on grip height on motorcycles.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Handlebars on Motorcycles. Amend RSA 266:77 to read as follows:
266:77 [Grips;] Handlebars. [No person shall drive on a way a motorcycle on which the grips
are higher than the shoulder level of the driver when in the seat or saddle.] It shall be illegal to
drive a motorcycle with improvised, defective, or repaired handlebars.
2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.