Congratulations to YOU. YOU did it! SB 5800 signed into law yesterday!

Olympia, Washington  19 April 2011

The Legislature has passed and the Governor signed SB5800. This bill would
allow properly equipped and documented off-road motorcycles to be legally
converted to street use.

This common sense piece of legislation was passed with strong bipartisan
support, 46 to 2 in the Senate and 96 to 0 in the House of Representatives.

SB5800 was sponsored by Senators Curtis King, Mary Margaret Haugen, Paul
Shin and strongly supported by the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance,
the Northwest Motorcycle Association and a large number of offroad
motorcycle enthusiasts.

With many offroad motorcycle trails being fragmented by road building and
timber harvesting, there is a growing number of riders that would like the
opportunity to make their motorcycles legal to use the forest roads to
connect the otherwise lost trails.

The equipment requirement compliance inspection will be accomplished by
motorcycle dealerships and the owner of the motorcycle will have to sign a
statement that releases the State from all liability and acknowledges that
they are aware that the motorcycle was not manufactured for street use and
has been modified to be suitable for that purpose.

The Washington State Patrol did not oppose this bill and stated before the
Senate Transportation Committee that properly modified offroad motorcycles
would not be any less safe than other street motorcycles.

Rural communities would also benefit when these motorcyclists are able to
travel into their towns and enhance the local economy.

Other states have enacted similar laws and they have proven to be a safe and
effective solution.
With the additional fees involved, this will also be a revenue positive
change for the State of Washington.

Tod Petersen
Political Action Committee Chairman, Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance
Legislative/Land Use Coordinator, Northwest Motorcycle Association
P.O. Box 61161
Seattle, WA 98141


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