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FYI VA motorcycle laws - November 18, 2006, 08:37 PM

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Search again: Select a state select*fromstates Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming District of Columbia Puerto Rico RoadSafety HelmetRequired by lawState Funded Rider EdAvailable for all eligible applicantsEye ProtectionRequired by law unless equipped with windscreenDaytime Use of HeadlightModulating headlight permittedPassenger SeatRequired if carrying a passengerPassenger FootrestRequired if carrying a passengerPassenger Age RestrictionNoneHelmet Speakers 46.2-1078. Unlawful to operate motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped while using earphones. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped on the highways in the Commonwealth while using earphones on or in both ears. For the purpose of this section, "earphones" shall mean any device worn on or in both ears that converts electrical energy to sound waves or which impairs or hinders the person's ability to hear, but shall not include (i) any prosthetic device that aids the hard of hearing, (ii) earphones installed in helmets worn by motorcycle operators and riders and used as part of a communications system, or (iii) nonprosthetic, closed-ear, open-back, electronic noise-cancellation devices designed and used to enhance the hearing ability of persons who operate vehicles in high-noise environments, provided any such device is being worn by the operator of a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds or more. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the driver of any emergency vehicle as defined in 46.2-920. (Code 1950, 46-219.1; 1950, p. 882; 1958, c. 541, 46.1-202.1; 1989, c. 727; 1993, c. 126; 1997, c. 36; 2001, c. 834; 2002, c. 254.) Periodic Safety InspectionRequired by lawMirror Left(L) Right(R)One required by law Radar DetectorProhibited to use or possessTurn SignalsNot Required MufflerNo acoustical criteria.Maximum Sound LevelNo acoustical criteria.State Insurance RequirementsCompulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/20) - Insurance or $400 uninsured motor vehicle fee required.Handlebar HeightNo Restrictions Rider-Education WaiverSkill TestAccept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other StatesYesMotorcycles operating two abreast in same laneNo. 46.2-857. Driving two abreast in a single lane. A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. However, this section shall not apply to any validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort, nor shall it apply to a motor vehicle traveling in the same lane of traffic as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped. Lane Splitting 46.2-857 A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. However, this section shall not apply to any validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort, nor shall it apply to a motor vehicle traveling in the same lane of traffic as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or mopedOff Road Safety HelmetRequired by law Eye ProtectionNot RequiredMinimum Operator AgeOperators between ages 12 and 16 can operate an ATV with a minimum of 70cc and a maximum of 90ccRider Education CertificationNot RequiredOperator LicenseNot RequiredHeadlightNot RequiredTaillightNot RequiredMufflerNot RequiredMaximum Sound LevelNo LimitSpark ArrestorNot RequiredRegistrationNot RequiredVehicle TitleNot RequiredTrails ProgramNot Available


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November 19, 2006, 12:44 PM

I guess this explains some of the scooters I see running around with no tags. A lot of times the rider doesn't even have a helmet on either.

There's an old guy that I see around my house that rides a vespa with no plates and no helmet, and the dude is nuts! I don't think I've ever seen anyone pull a U-Turn as fast as this guy does


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November 19, 2006, 01:15 PM

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Safety HelmetRequired by law Eye ProtectionNot RequiredMinimum Operator AgeOperators between ages 12 and 16 can operate an ATV with a minimum of 70cc and a maximum of 90ccRider Education CertificationNot RequiredOperator LicenseNot RequiredHeadlightNot RequiredTaillightNot RequiredMufflerNot RequiredMaximum Sound LevelNo LimitSpark ArrestorNot RequiredRegistrationNot RequiredVehicle TitleNot RequiredTrails ProgramNot Available

Operator License not required? Vehicle title not required? Is that for a Vespa? Or a Motorcycle? Don't get it?


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Operator License not required? Vehicle title not required? Is that for a Vespa? Or a Motorcycle? Don't get it?
It's bicycle or mopeds but the way they word
things and jump between motorcycles and power assisted like scooters is confusing. Apparantly they govern the power assisted wheel chairs too because we all know that
quadrapalegics love to do wheelies and do stoppies in there powercats!


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I love terrorizing DC, and flying in MD beltway. In Virginia I ride with sense
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Turn Signals Not Required
Really...? Wow, that's nicccce... All those tickets out there for not having approved turn signals too...
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Really...? Wow, that's nicccce... All those tickets out there for not having approved turn signals too...
If you have them, then they all must work and I believe they need to be like 9" apart from each other.

But you can take off all turn signals and pass VA inspection.
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Really...? Wow, that's nicccce... All those tickets out there for not having approved turn signals too...
You can either not have them at all or have
approved ones. It seems fucked up but have 2 little decorative ones = ticket, have
none (but use hand signals) and you're law abiding. Hey VA is a Commonwealth not
a State this shit goes back to Horse and Buggie times.


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!!!!! I'm still pissed over the turn signal thing. They must be 9" apart and at least 25" above the ground. They can also bitch if they do not have a DOT logo embossed on the casing somewhere. How do I know this? I got pulled over in Lauray on 211 this summer just for this crap. Mine were 7 1/2" apart. Apparetly Robocop had just had his eyeballs calibrated that morning.
You can alternatively use hand signals and not use your blinkies also. I wonder if just having the turn signal housing like some bikes have as part of the design (Katana , Busa, ZX14 and several other designs) but no working guts counts as only part of the turn signal system? Guess it depends on how anal the trooper is and his mood at that moment.


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no earphones and reckless for lanesplitting... thats pretty harsh


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I only have one rear turn signal at the moment, due to some douche bag tipping over my bike in my driveway and ripping the other one off, my local law enforcement said no problem go ride and use hand signals. I guess since it isn't there any more as long as I signal left I'm good to go. So odd.


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I only have one rear turn signal at the moment, due to some douche bag tipping over my bike in my driveway and ripping the other one off, my local law enforcement said no problem go ride and use hand signals. I guess since it isn't there any more as long as I signal left I'm good to go. So odd.
I'm thinking there is a few
out there that would pull you over when they see one signal. I followed up and made a few calls to a few different Counties in VA and the consensus was if you have none and
use your hand signals at evey turn you're fine, but "unapproved" i.e not far enough apart
or the wrong size and imagine 1 not working they can pull you. And one really messed up
part of the new aggressive driving law. Changing lanes and failing to signal is listed as
aggressive driving. It sucks gidget but you may save a lot of future headaches by getting
it fixed.


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Oh it will be fixed, but my local LEOs that responded to the call told me no worries, and gave me a card with the case number to show to anyone who might pull me over. This happened in July and no problems yet.


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damn, i thought headphones were legal.... huh. but it makes me wonder how Billy McBass-a-tron with a 5000w system in his car can hear any better while his ears are bleeding.


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damn, i thought headphones were legal.... huh. but it makes me wonder how Billy McBass-a-tron with a 5000w system in his car can hear any better while his ears are bleeding.
See, the damn law itself isn't 100% clear:

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46.2-1078. Unlawful to operate motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped while using earphones.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped on the highways in the Commonwealth while using earphones on or in both ears.
The second paragraph implies that using only 1 ear would be acceptable.
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