Assembly Bill No. 51

 

RudeWorld.Net News and updates for AB-51.

This is an important Bill on the table for California Motorcycle Operators. This is a Bill directed at Lane Spitting, commonly called Filtering or Lane Sharing. Right now as it stands it’s allowed. Its not legal or illegal. Its up to the California Highway Patrol to say whether or not an operator was breaking any current laws. Definitely worth discussion and needs participation.

Lane Splitting has saved my life, I filter everyday. There are ways to do it and ways not to. These are good discussion points by themselves.

Source:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_51&sess=CUR&house=B&author=quirk_%3Cquirk%3E

Amended – 05/22/2015

AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 22, 2015

AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY FEBRUARY 11, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

ASSEMBLY BILL No. 51


Introduced by Assembly Members Quirk and Lackey

(Coauthor: Assembly Member Chu)

December 1, 2014


An act tobegin delete amend Section 21658 ofend deletebegin insert add Section 21658.1 toend insert the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 51, as amended, Quirk. Vehicles: motorcycles: lane splitting.

(1) Existing law requires, whenever a roadway has been divided into 2 or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, that a vehicle be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and not be moved from the lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety. A violation of the Vehicle Code is a crime.

This bill would authorize a motorcyclebegin insert that has 2 wheels in contact with the groundend insert to be driven between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane if thebegin delete speed of traffic is 30 miles per hour or lessend deletebegin insert motorcycle is not driven at a speed of more than 50 miles per hourend insert andbegin delete the motorcycleend delete is driven no more thanbegin delete 10end deletebegin insert 15end insert miles per hour faster than the speed of traffic. The bill would provide that these provisions do not authorize a motorcycle to be driven in contravention of other laws relating to the safe operation of a vehicle. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.

Section 21658 of the Vehicle Code is amended
2to read:

3

21658.

Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or
4more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, the following
5rules apply:

6(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within
7a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such
8movement can be made with reasonable safety.

9(b) Official signs may be erected directing slow-moving traffic
10to use a designated lane or allocating specified lanes to traffic
11moving in the same direction, and drivers of vehicles shall obey
12the directions of the traffic device.

13(c) (1) A motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, may be driven
14between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane,
15including both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways,
16if both of the following conditions are present:

17(A) The speed of traffic moving in the same direction is 30 miles
18per hour or less.

19(B) The motorcycle is not driven more than 10 miles per hour
20faster than the speed of traffic moving in the same direction.

21(2) This subdivision does not authorize a motorcycle to be driven
22in contravention of other laws relating to the safe operation of a
23vehicle.

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24begin insert

begin insertSECTION 1.end insert

end insertbegin insertSection 21658.1 is added to the end insertbegin insertVehicle Codeend insertbegin insert, to
25read:end insert

begin insert

26

begin insert21658.1.end insert

(a) A motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has
27two wheels in contact with the ground may be driven between rows
28of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including both
29divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways, if both of the
30following conditions are present:

P3    1(1) The motorcycle is not driven at a speed of more than 50
2miles per hour.

3(2) The motorcycle is not driven more than 15 miles per hour
4faster than the speed of traffic moving in the same direction.

5(b) This section does not authorize a motorcycle to be driven
6in contravention of other laws relating to the safe operation of a
7vehicle.

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8

SEC. 2.

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
9Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
10the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
11district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
12infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
13for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
14the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
15the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
16Constitution.

 

 

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