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Stalled: Motorcycle lane-splitting bill is temporarily shelved

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2015 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Readers of our blog throughout Los Angeles County and elsewhere in Southern California were hopefully well updated on material developments that we chronicled in our July 6 post entry regarding the so-called practice of motorcycle lane-splitting.

We now ask those readers to disregard much of what we passed along in that post — at least the bottom line conveyed — in light of important news regarding lane-splitting that surfaced not long after our entry went online.

We stated in the above-cited post that we would keep our reading audience duly apprised of key happenings relating to state Assembly Bill 51, following its recent (and easy) passage through the California Assembly. We certainly didn’t expect seminal news concerning the legislation to arise so quickly following Assembly approval, though.

Here is that noteworthy and surprising news: Notwithstanding AB51’s clear momentum, its author — Assembly member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) — summarily yanked the bill back from active consideration earlier this month, citing law enforcement concerns.

We noted in our earlier post that the legislation “has passionate detractors and advocates,” and the former camp certainly voiced its opinion in the wake of the bill’s sudden stalling.

One group opposing motorcycle lane-splitting has consistently argued that the proposed speed limits for bikers traveling between passenger vehicles are too lenient. Motorcycle groups — which generally favor the practice — have also weighed in, voicing a view that the limits are too restrictive and need to be revised upward.

A Quirk spokesperson says that the legislator “needs more time to work out the details.”

Given the recent developments, it seems unlikely that lane-splitting legislation will be enacted into law in California any time soon.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Motorcycle lane-splitting bill is withdrawn,” Charles Fleming,” July 10, 2015


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