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Appendix H: Elements of a Typical Graduated License System for Motorcyclists Table of ContentsHomenhtsa

Appendix A
Factors That Have Changed Since the Hurt Report

Appendix B
In-Depth Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes

Appendix C
Objectives of the Common Methodology

Appendix D
Scope of Services Typically Provided for in Legislation Authorizing Motorcycle Safety Programs

Appendix E
State Motorcycle Safety Program Assessments

Appendix F
Examples of Rider Education & Training Curricula

Appendix G
State Operator Licensing Requirements

Appendix H
Elements of a Typical Graduated License System for Motorcyclists

Appendix I
State Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Appendix J
State Insurance Requirements

Stage 1 - Learner’s permit

General applicants who satisfy application prerequisites are screened for vision and tested on rules of the road and subjects specific to motorcycling. Upon successful completion of the tests, applicants are granted a learner’s permit authorizing restricted, on-street riding privileges.

Conditions of permit include:

a. 90-day permit period
b. Supervision by older rider/driver
c. Parental participation
d. No passengers
e. Mandatory helmet and eye protection use
f. Zero BAC tolerance
g. High-visibility clothing
h. No interstate-highway riding
i. Daylight hours only

Stage 2 - Intermediate, provisional or restricted license

General applicants who have satisfied application requirements are given a motorcycle knowledge and performance test. Applicants may take the test as many as three times. Where required, proof of rider education must be presented before taking the test a second time. Upon successful completion of testing, applicants are granted an intermediate license.

License conditions include:

a. Restricted hours
b. No passengers
c. Mandatory helmet and protective clothing
d. Zero tolerance BAC for riders under 21
e. License revocation for alcohol-related offense
f. Parental participation for riders under age 18
g. Special limitation of speed or road types (freeways, etc.)
h. Early intervention for violations or at-fault crashes

Stage 3 - Full or unrestricted license

General applicants who successfully complete the intermediate license stage and meet any minimum age (and/or time) requirements are given a second-level knowledge and on-road driving skills test. Upon successful completion of the test, applicants are granted a full unrestricted license. If it is not feasible to have second-level knowledge and on-highway driving skill tests because of the costs, jurisdictions should require a clean driving record as a condition for obtaining a full or unrestricted license.

License conditions include:

a. Successfully complete intermediate license stage
b. Meet any minimum age requirement
c. Successfully complete advanced rider education
d. Pass on-highway skills test

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