2018 legislative session has begun. Updates coming soon
Currently, Rhode Island does not have a universal motorcycle helmet
law. Rhode Island’s law requires those 21 years of age and under wear
helmets while riding a motorcycle. Passengers must wear helmets. Under
the current law, motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required to
wear a helmet.
this year there has been a Helmet Bill introduced for ALL RIDERS.
House Bill 2018-H7373 was introduced by Representatives Ramon A.
Perez, McLaughlin, Fellela, Phillips, and Cunha. It is currently in
the Health, Education, and Welfare Committee for review.
(b) Effective July 1, 2018, all operators of motorcycles, motor
scooters, and motor-driven cycles, shall wear a helmet of a type
approved by the administrator of motor vehicles. A violation of this
section shall result in a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
We need to work together to continue to show support for freedom of
choice for adult riders. Please pass this along to your family and
friends. It is urgent that you contact your Representative to show
support for Freedom of Choice as soon as possible or you could be
wearing a helmet full time in the state of Rhode Island by July 1st,
2018. If you are unsure who your Representative is, you can find out
by checking online at:
www.rilin.state.ri.us/representatives if you know your district,
or by your address at
Other Motorcycle Issues:
LEFT TURN ON RED for motorcycles:
What is to be done about traffic signals that ignore motorcycles?
What happens when you wait and wait and the light won’t turn green?
Traffic signal sensors that don't detect motorcycles (because they
are weight activated) are one of the dangers of riding that most
people in cars never become aware of while sitting at red lights. If
you encounter one of these signals, take note of where it is and call
to have it corrected. The numbers are listed below.
Another danger is pot holes. Make a call! Make a difference! Report
the lights and potholes to Rhode Island Road’s Dispatch number:
401-222-2378, or RIDOT’s Customer Service Office: 401-222-2450. You
can also email:
STUCK ON RED? NEED POT A POT HOLE REPAIRED?
MAKE A CALL, MAKE
If a traffic signal does not respond to the
presence of your motorcycle please call the RI DOT for state roads or
the town DPW for town roads. To determine if the signal is on a State
road or Town road check this map:
RI State Roads/Highways: TMC/Maintenance Dispatch line:
401-222-2378, or RIDOT's Customer Service office: 401-222-2450, or
For Town Roads:
- this website will link you to all the town websites
Barrington: (401) 247-1900
Bristol DPW: (401) 253-4100
Burrillville - Town Hall: (401) 568-4300 Central Falls DPW: (401)
727-7466, or go online at
Charlestown DPW: (401) 3 64-123 0
Roads & Bridges Phone - (401) 822-9110
Cranston DPW - Bureau of
Traffic Safety: (401) 780-3204
Cumberland DPW: (401) 728-2400, Ext.
143 (Director), or (401) 723-7251 (Hwy Department)
East Greenwich -
Town Hall: (401) 886-8600
East Providence DPW: (401) 435-7701 or
DPW: (401) 295-1983
Foster DPW: (401) 392-9204 or (401) 7025011
Glocester DPW: (401) 568-5540
Hopkington DPW: (401)
Jamestown DPW: (401) 423-7225
Johnston DPW: (401)
Lincoln DPW: (401) 333-1100
Little Compton DPW: (401)
Middletown DPW: (401) 846-2119
Narragansett DPW: (401)
New Shoreham DPW: (401) 466-3210
Engineering Division: (401) 845-5842
North Kingstown DPW: (401)
North Providence DPW: (401) 233-1440
DPW: (401) 767-2200
Pawtucket DPW: (401) 728-0500 x236 (Director),
x214 or x215 (Traffic Engineering), x232, x233, or x260 (General)
Portsmouth DPW: (401) 683-0362 or (401) 683-2866 (Prudence Island)
Providence DPW: (401) 467-7950 or (401) 781- 4044 (Traffic
Richmond DPW: (401) 539-8474
Scituate DPW: (401)
Smithfield DPW: (401) 233-1034
South Kingstown DPS:
(401) 789-9331 ext 250
Tiverton DPW: (401) 625-6760
Warwick DPW: (401) 738-2000 x6500
DPW: (401) 397-6110 or (401) 392-3800 (Town Hall)
West Warwick DPW:
Westerly DPW: (401) 348-2538
(401) 767-9209 or (401) 767-9210
Listed below are some of the issues that RIMA has been involved with in the past:
2014 General Assembly issues we
worked on three major issues:
Trade-in taxes on your new bike. You trade in a car for a new
pay the tax on the difference of value. Bikes
were excluded from this.
Under the proposed legislation, if you trade in
your current bike for
$10,000 and buy a new bike for $20,000, you
would only be required to pay sales tax on the difference between
these values (i.e., $10,000).
As the law is currently written you would be required to pay
sales tax on the full $20,000 price of the new motorcycle.
Passenger helmet law. Let's get this repealed this session.
Constitution states that we as Americans have
“certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happiness.
Let’s work to regain our Liberty such that motorcycle passengers have
the Right to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.
Red Lights: Have
you ever pulled up to a red light and waited as the
other intersections go through multiple cycles,
all while the light in front of you remains red?
Often times the sensors for these lights are not sensitive
enough to identify the presence of a motorcycle.
RIMA will propose legislation that would make it legal to
proceed through the red light after a certain amount of time.
NEW PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING RIGHT-OF-WAY
Amendment to RI Statute
When bodily injury of any person other than the
offending operator of any motor vehicle is caused by violation of
anothers ROW, the offending operator shall be fined $200
serious bodily injury of any person other than the offending operator
of any motor vehicle is caused by violation of anothers ROW, the
offending operator shall be fined $500 and his or her drivers license
shall be suspended for a period of three months.
death of any person other than the offending operator of any motor
vehicle is caused by violation of anothers ROW, the offending operator
shall be fined $1000 and his or her drivers license shall be suspended
for a period of one year.
RIGHT OF WAY BILL PASSED
A big win has developed for the RIMA. Our Right - of - Way Bill
is now law. The Governor has signed our Right of Way Bill, H 5061 into
law. Its been a long time coming. We've worked hard to get our message
across that the penalties placed against any users that violates the
right of way of any other user were not sufficient enough to cause
people to take notice.
Be it on your bike, in your car or
truck or any type of motor vehicle when someone takes the mind set to
violate another's way the fines levied against that individual will no
long be small. Now with hefty fines and suspension of licenses in the
works maybe some will start taking notice.
PARKING BILL PASSED
Championed by the Rhode
Island Motorcycle Association.
Lawmakers gave the nod to special
motorcycle parking spots.
Bikers with business to take care of at
municipal or state buildings that provide public parking soon won’t
have to use a whole auto space to park. Starting next year, they'll
get their own special spots, according to a June 12 press release from
the State House.
Legislation passed by the Rhode Island General
Assembly, and signed into law by the governor, requires that a
motorcycle parking plan be established by November of this year for
parking areas at state, city or town buildings, and that parking
spaces be made available by April 1, 2013. The requirement will not
apply to state airport lots.
The motorcycle parking bills were
sponsored by Sen. John Tassoni Jr., a Democrat in District 22,
Smithfield and North Smithfield, and Rep. Peter John Petrarca, a
Democrat serving District 44, Lincoln, Johnston and Smithfield.
Under the new law, the parking plan will provide for motorcycle
parking spaces in areas that are adjacent to or within sight of the
applicable municipal or state building. Spaces will be designated with
appropriate signage, and the parking plan may be revised as situations
warrant but must be reviewed at least once every five years.
number and placement of designated motorcycle parking spaces are to be
determined as a result of motorcycle use by employees in those
buildings and the input of motorcycle owners and are to be made
available from April through November.
The law provides that any
unauthorized use of a designated parking space will result in an $85
Lou Petrucci President
Two ways to locate your Legislator.
- On-Line at
Quick and easy.
401-222-2357, give your name and address and the Secretary
of State’s office can give you all the info.