From the Prosecutor: New motor driven cycle laws create new classes and requirements

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bloomfield - Changes to Indiana traffic laws created three classes of motor driven cycles: motorcycles, Class A motor driven cycles and Class B motor driven cycles. The three classes come with different license and insurance requirements, as well as operating restrictions, said Jarrod D. Holtsclaw, prosecuting attorney for Greene County.

"Citizens should become familiar with the change in laws to avoid traffic violations," said Prosecutor Holtsclaw. "Knowledge of Indiana's motor driven cycles laws keep you legal on the street and help avoid a traffic stop while riding for pleasure or on your way to work."

A major change is the new Class B for motor driven cycles of 50 cc (cubic centimeters) or lower. Class B operators need a valid driver's license or driver's permit (no endorsement required) or an unexpired state of Indiana-issued identification card with a Class B MDC endorsement. A person with a Class B MDC is allowed to operate their vehicle while their operator's license is suspended, so long as they have a Class B MDC Endorsement on an unexpired Indiana-issued ID card.

Other regulations specific to the Class B motor driven cycle:

* A driver must be age 15 or older.

* The driver must operate the MDC near right-hand edge of roadway unless passing another vehicle or preparing for a left turn.

* A Class B MDC may not be operated at more than 35 miles per hour.

* A Class B MDC may not be operated on an interstate highway or a sidewalk.

ALL motor-driven cycles (MDC), regardless of size, must be registered and the driver must have some form of license or endorsed ID to be operated on a public highway.

No matter which type of motor driven cycle you drive, the following ALWAYS apply:

* Helmet required for those under 18.

* No texting and driving.

* Must operate in a position astride the seat.

* All motor driven cycles must display a license plate.

* Headlamps must be illuminated at all times while operating.

For more information on motor driven cycles, go to your local license branch or the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles web site:

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  • Very useful article. Most motorcyclists are unaware about the complete set of laws. Though there exists a law on no texting and driving, I see many motorcyclists regularly texting while driving. In a survey conducted by a leading online motorcycle dealer, Clandes Motards ( ), it has been seen that majority of the motorcycle accidents nowadays are caused due to distracted driving or due to not wearing adequate protective gear. Hence, it is also very important to closely follow these laws and punish the offenders severely. Until and unless strict action is taken, no one will follow the rules properly.

    -- Posted by eddiewallace on Fri, Nov 20, 2015, at 1:13 AM
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