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S.F. No. 2776 - Autocycle Regulations Establishment
Author: Senator LeRoy A. Stumpf
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
Date: March 23, 2016


Section 1 defines “autocycle” in the chapter of statute on traffic regulations. This new category of motor vehicle is defined as a motorcycle with three wheels, seating that does not require straddling or sitting astride, a steering wheel, and antilock brakes. An autocycle must be originally manufactured to meet federal safety standards for motorcycles.

Section 2 includes autocycles in the definition of motorcycle in the chapter of statute on traffic regulations.

Section 3 states that a person may operate an autocycle with a valid driver’s license, and that a motorcycle endorsement is not required.

Section 4 amends the section on motorcycle seating equipment requirements to accommodate autocycles. Current law requires motorcycle seating to include footrests, and this section adds "floorboards" as an acceptable alternative.

Section 5 amends requirements for motorcycle operators under the age of 18, stating that current law requirements for such operators to use helmets and eye-protective devices do not apply to operators of autocycles with an enclosed cab.

Section 6 makes conforming changes to the section on driver and passenger riding requirements, to allow for the operation of autocycles. This section also clarifies that motorcycles may be operated two abreast in a traffic lane only if both vehicles fit safely within the lane.

Section 7 defines “autocycle” in the chapter of statute on drivers’ licenses. It is a cross-reference to the definition created in this section 1 of this bill.

Section 8 establishes that class D licenses are valid for operating autocycles, and that no endorsement is required.


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