The US has become the only country in the world to still bar people from owning a motorcycle, despite decades of efforts to legalize the sport.
But the government has struggled to enact a nationwide ban on motorcycle ownership, and it has never been easy to enforce.
That’s because most states require that someone purchase a motorcycle license before they can operate a motor vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a regulation that allowed the motorcycle to remain legal in the US for a year, but the government hasn’t implemented a national ban on the sport in decades.
But now the US Department of Transportation (DOT) says it’s finally going to make changes to that regulation, and in the process it will loosen the restrictions on motorcycle owners.
According to a DOT spokesman, the agency is expected to release its next rule later this week.
“This will be a new way to govern motorcycle ownership and will be in keeping with the intent of NHTSA’s motorcycle safety and performance guidelines,” the DOT said in a statement.
“We will be updating the Motor Vehicle Safety Improvement Amendments Act to ensure that motorcycle licenses remain valid for at least five years after their issuance.”DOT has been trying to make its motorcycle licensing rules more flexible, including allowing more than a year for the motorcycle’s owner to get a motorcycle permit and allowing people to rent out their motorcycles for the first time.
That would allow them to operate their motorcycles without a motorcycle’s license.
But there have been concerns about whether the new rules would make the roads safer.
“It’s a pretty radical idea,” said John Venn, president of the National Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, a motorcycle industry trade group.
“There are a lot of problems with this idea that are pretty obvious.
For one thing, it’s a complete rewrite of the motor vehicle safety code.
It basically removes all the safety rules that are currently there.”NHTMA says the new rule is the culmination of decades of advocacy by the motorcycle industry and the National Rifle Association.”
The National Association for the Protection of Firearms and Explosives has spent over a decade and a half pushing for a more sensible approach to motorcycle safety,” NHTMA said in its statement.
“We are confident that this will help to ensure safety in America and will make our roads safer for everyone.”NHTPA’s new proposal will allow anyone to obtain a motorcycle motorcycle license in five years.
There is no reason to fear a person with a valid license will be unable to safely operate a motorcycle in a crash.
NHTPA believes this rule will help reduce injuries and deaths from motorcycle crashes.
“But other motorcycle groups, including the National Motorcyclists Association, have called the rule a “slap in the face” to the millions of Americans who own and ride motorcycles.”
But for many other American motorcycle owners, the new motorcycle rule will likely be a boon.””
It will certainly make it easier for owners to get their license renewed, and that will help make sure that we can keep riding our motorcycles in our communities.”
But for many other American motorcycle owners, the new motorcycle rule will likely be a boon.
“In terms of the motorcycle and motorcycle safety industry, I think it’s been a long time coming,” said Joe DeMello, owner of DeMolo Motorcycle in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“There were a lot more people riding motorcycles back in the days before the federal government, so it’s not something I was really expecting.
Now it’s going to be a lot easier for me to ride.”
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