The in basket: Chris Smalley asks whether a motorcyclist stopped and found not to have the required motorcycle endorsement on his license will have his bike confiscated.
The in basket: Chris Smalley asks whether a motorcyclist stopped and found not to have the required motorcycle endorsement on his license will have his bike confiscated
The out basket: Not confiscated, which to me means being permanently deprived of. But effective last July 22, motorcyclists stopped without the endorsement face impoundment of their bikes, which can be costly to get back.
Lt. Ken Noland of the state patrol in Bremerton said the state Legislature passed a law authorizing that last session.
“This gave us a tool to help encourage proper training, testing and licensing,” he said. “With the
price of gas going up and the efficiency of motorcycles, we are seeing
large increases in the number of motorcycles licensed. However, in
contrast ,we are not seeing the same increase in riders getting the
proper license endorsement.”
Assistant WSP Chief Brian A. Ursino added, “Although this new law and policy address all vehicles requiring special
data clearly demonstrates our most significant fatality collision
problem exists with motorcycles.
Motorcycle fatalities have risen from 57 in 2003 to 82 in 2006, and we
know approximately 40 percent
of the deceased motorcycle operators in these fatal crashes were not
properly endorsed. This
new law and policy have been enacted, in part, to specifically address
Look in the Yellow Pages under Motorcycle Instruction to learn how to get the endorsement.