BILL NO. 138
4th Session, 61st General Assembly
61 Elizabeth II, 2012
Private Member's Bill
Motor Vehicle Act
First Reading: November 19, 2012
This Bill amends the Motor Vehicle Act to permit two-wheeled self-balancing battery-powered electric vehicles to be used
(a) on roadways, by including the vehicles in the definition of "bicycle" in the Act; and
(b) on sidewalks and in safety zones and crosswalks, by deeming their drivers to be pedestrians when on or in these places and by overriding provisions that would require them to drive on roadways or in bicycle lanes only.
The Bill also clarifies that provisions that prohibit passengers on bicycles, require bicycle helmets and prohibit trick riding continue to apply to these drivers while they are deemed to be pedestrians, and provisions that require they follow the flow of traffic and ride single file do not.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 Clause 2(c) of Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Motor Vehicle Act, is amended by
(2) A person who is lawfully driving a bicycle that is a t wo-wheeled self-balancing battery-powered electric vehicle is deemed to be a pedestrian while driving the vehicle on a sidewalk, through or over a safety zone or in a crosswalk.
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