ABATE of South Carolina is pleased to announce that Senate Bill S 689 which was originally sponsored by Senators Hembree and McElveen. This bill has passed the Senate and House with amendments and now goes to the Governor Nikki Haley’s office for her signature.
As many of you remember this bill was introduced to change the language of code 56-1-50 (B)(2) and (C) for people that ride on a motorcycle license permit. Current code requires anyone on a motorcycle permit to has a “A permittee may not operate a motorcycle, motor scooter, or light motor-driven cycle at any other time unless supervised by the permittee's motorcycle licensed parent or guardian”.
This bill will change the current code to “A permittee may not operate a motorcycle at any other time unless accompanied by a licensed motorcycle operator twenty-one years of age or older who has at least one year of driving experience. A permittee may not operate a moped at any other time unless accompanied by a licensed driver twenty-one years of age or older who has at least one year of driving experience.
Representative Donna Hicks from Spartanburg who had introduced the companion house bill H 4673 had had attended and testified on this bill and we wish to thank her for her continued support for this very important bill.
As mentioned in there was an amendment introduced and passed that would require passengers of motorcycles feet to reach the footrests. This amendment would change the language of code 56-5-3630 with additional language (E) No person shall ride upon a motorcycle as a passenger unless, when sitting astride the seat, the person can reach the footrests with both feet. Provided, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons riding in a motorcycle sidecar.
This was discussed during the Motorcycle Study Committee and issued in its December 2015 report. The study committee looked at house bill 3040 which would have prohibited a child passenger under seven from riding on a motorcycle unless he is secured in a child seat restraint system The Study Committee recommended against this due to the impractical nature of securing a child seat restraint system on a motorcycle. Jeff Allen from the Children’s Trust testified in favor of an alternative. Mr. Allen suggested that the General Assembly pass legislation to prohibit a passenger from riding a motorcycle unless his feet touch the footrest pegs of the motorcycle. The study committee adopted a motion recommending Mr. Allen’s proposal. The Study Committee recommended that the General Assembly create legislation to prohibit a passenger from riding a motorcycle unless his feet touch the footrest pegs.