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ABATE of SC Legislative Notice

Immediate Release: Senate Bill S 456 passes Senate Full Committee on March 2, 2017

Contacts: Dennis Welborn, State Legislative Coordinator (803) 360-3573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chad Fuller, Public Relations
(803) 920-2881 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ABATE of South Carolina is pleased to announce that Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee Senator Grooms has introduced Senate bill S 456 which has two separate changes to current South Carolina Law.

The DMV has been working on a way to stop the reissuing of motorcycle permits and get all motorcyclists to ride with a class M endorsement. Although the DMV could just refuse to continue to reissue a permit if they felt a person does not show the aptitude to operate a motorcycle, we felt that there should be a compromise. After working with the DMV and looking at what other states have done the idea came up with allowing three attempts and if the person still cannot complete the skills test, then the person with a motorcycle permit would have to take a motorcycle safety class. The motorcycle safety classes in South Carolina currently allow a person to get a class M license with a successful completion of the class.

Currently there are 196,181 class M operators and 21,697 class M permits over the age of seventeen with a comparison of 3,121,603 class D operators and 18,574 class D permittee’s over the age of seventeen.

 

The first part of this bill amends Section 56-1-50 with a new section to read:

A person who holds a motorcycle beginner's permit who has failed the motorcycle driver's license test three or more times must successfully complete a South Carolina Technical College motorcycle safety course, or its equivalent, in lieu of passing the motorcycle driver's license test, in order to obtain a motorcycle license. All courses must be at least eight hours in length and be taught by an instructor accredited through a training program in which the procedures for accreditation are equivalent to those set forth in 'Manual of Rules and Procedures' published by the National Safety Council. All courses must include successful completion of an examination equivalent to the Department of Motor Vehicles motorcycle skills test. These programs are subject to Section 56-1-15.

The DMV has been working with ABATE to come up with an addition to current law that would allow a person with a class M endorsement to take the motorcycle safety class to reduce four points off their driving record just like it is currently allowed by taking the Defensive Driving course offered by the National Safety Council.

The second part of this bill amends Section 56-1-770 with a new section to read:

Any driver with a Class M (motorcycle) endorsement who has accumulated points under the provisions of this article shall have the number of his points reduced by four upon proving to the satisfaction of the Department of Motor Vehicles that he has successfully completed a South Carolina Technical College motorcycle safety course or its equivalent. All courses offered for point reduction must be at least eight hours in length and be taught by an instructor accredited through a training program in which the procedures for accreditation are equivalent to those set forth in 'Manual of Rules and Procedures' published by the National Safety Council

ABATE is a state motorcyclists rights organization dedicated to defending the rights of all motorcyclists. ABATE also encourages all motorcyclists to register to vote and become active in the political process. ABATE encourages motorcyclists to voluntarily obtain motorcycle rider training.

Learn more about ABATE at www.abatesc.com

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