Flowers Introduces Prohibition on Youth Riding - UPDATE


On March 15, 2010, HB 5029 was referred to the Rules Committee. Chairperson Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) of the Rules Committee has discretion to assign the bill to a committee. To date, there has been no action on HB 5029. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) continues to monitor the situation.

The AMA encourages riders to let their Illinois House Representative know that they oppose HB 5029.

Illinois House Bill 5029, introduced by Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago), would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to operate an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or off-highway motorcycle (OHM). The proposed legislation would also make it illegal to transport a passenger on an ATV or OHM, regardless of whether the vehicle is configured for a passenger, require riders to have a valid driver's licenses, and wear helmets.

This legislation is nearly identical to legislation introduced by Rep. Flowers last year that ultimately died in the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

To view the text of HB 5029, click here.

The AMA encourages riders to urge their Illinois House of Representative to oppose HB 5029. A pre-written e-mail is available by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information. The AMA encourages you to personalize your message by drawing on your own youth riding experiences.

This legislation was referred to the Rules Committee on January 25th. Additional updates will be posted as they become available.

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