The United States Senate is the latest venue in the battle to end the unfair practice of federally funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has reported that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced legislation which would prohibit the federal government from funding mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Joining her as the lead republican on the bill is Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI). Also joining as original co-sponsors are Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).
Members of ABATE of South Carolina continue to work hard to make H3231 the law of the land in the Palmetto State. The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers. One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds. Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds. It is fundamentally unfair to deny motorcyclists access to public facilities which are maintained or were constructed with their tax dollars.
The bill, which was presented by Senator Grooms, was heard in the Senate Transportation Committee which he chairs. It unanimously received a favorable report. The bill now goes to the full Senate.
If you would like to voice your support for this bill to the members of the Senate, you may email them at the following link:
If you do email your support for this bill, please make sure to send an email to Senator Grooms thanking him for his efforts to pass this bill of importance to South Carolina motorcyclists.
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
Please see the attached notice and hope to see you there if you can make it. If any of these Senators are in your district please feel free to contact them and let them know we need their support. You can click on their name on the attached notice and it will take you to their contact page.
If you have any questions you can Dennis at (803) 438-8764.
H3231 passed the South Carolina House of Representatives today due to the hard work of ABATE of South Carolina as well as every motorcyclist who took the time to contact their legislators to voice their support for this important bill.
The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers. One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds. Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds.
The bill now heads to the Senate. You can read the full bill below:
"Section 57-1-90. (A) In formulating transportation policy, promulgating regulations, allocating funds, and planning, designing, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining transportation facilities, no action of the South Carolina Transportation Commission, or the South Carolina Department of Transportation shall have the effect of discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers. No regulation or action of the commission, or department shall have the effect of enacting a prohibition or imposing a requirement that applies only to motorcycles or motorcyclists, and the principal purpose of which is to restrict or inhibit access or motorcycles and motorcyclists to any highway, bridge, tunnel, or other transportation facility.
(B) The allocation of parking space square footage specifically in transportation facilities, and other projects undertaken or operated by a political subdivision of this State where state or local source funds have been used in whole or in part to plan, design, construct, equip, operate, or maintain the facility must make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking. In carrying forward this requirement, among other options, the facility at its discretion may comply by sectioning portions of the area where the size configuration of the space does not meet code requirements for full-size vehicles."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
Please welcome a new ABATE chapter - Liberty Riders in Elgin, located in the Midlands.
Dennis Welborn is the contact as they get going. More info is on our Chapters and Meetings page.
This short video shows a simple change to your insurance, that could make a huge difference if you're hit. We've shown it before, but it bears repeating. I've increased my coverage as a result of watching this, and you should too! Don't wait, do it today.
H3231 the access bill will be heard by he full house at noon on Tuesday 4 Feb. We are meeting at 11AM at "Tin Roof", directly behind the IHOP on Assembly. Tin Roof is actually on Senate St, but it is next door to IHOP. They have a fenced parking lot and we have permission to leave our vehicles there while we are in the statehouse. Help us fill the gallery if you can.
As usual, I would ask that you don't drink before we visit the statehouse. Afterward is a different story indeed.
Just finished this latest video. For many of my friends that wonder what ABATE is this covers the many misconceptions. For those who already know about ABATE please send it to others who may not.
They're so "concerned" about us, they want to regulate if we wear a hat...
COLUMBIA - An increase in motorcycle-related fatalities has driven three state representatives to file a bill that would require all riders wear helmets.
House Bill 4500 was filed Wednesday by Reps. Wendell Gilliard, Carl Anderson, and J. Seth Whipper, D-North Charleston. Gilliard and Anderson said it's time Palmetto State residents consider such a measure because state roads are getting crowded...
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