Lane Splitting Bills Introduced in Washington, Oregon, and Montana

Feb 07, 2017 View Comments by

California’s lane splitting bill went into effect January 1. Now, lane splitting bills have been introduced in Washington, Oregon, and Montana, and the AMA is urging motorcyclists in those states to take action. Read the AMA’s lane splitting position statement here.

Motorcycle Legal Foundation compiled a good resource of what exactly lane splitting is, and the laws in each state. 

Lane splitting bill introduced in Montana

AMA logoState Sen. Russel Tempel (R-Chester) introduced a bill that would authorize responsible lane splitting practices in the state.

Tempel’s S.B. 134 would allow riders to split lanes at a speed of no more than 20 mph, if traffic is moving slower than 10 mph. This bill has been referred to the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee and a hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. January 26 in Room 405 of the Montana Capitol Building.

Sen. Tempel is seeking motorcyclists who would like to testify on behalf of his bill. If you are interested, you can find his contact information here or call him at (406) 265-0990.

The AMA is calling on all Montana riders to support this bill by entering your information in this form and clicking on the red “Submit” button.

Lane splitting bill introduced in Washington

State Rep. Drew MacEwen (R-Belfair) has introduced a bill that would authorize responsible lane splitting practices in the state.

MacEwen’s H.B. 1157 would allow riders to split lanes at a speed of no more than 10mph faster than other vehicles, if traffic is moving slower than 35mph. This bill has been referred to the House Ttransportation Committee but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

The AMA is calling on all Washington riders to support this bill by entering your information in this form and clicking on the red “Submit” button.

Lane splitting bill introduced in Oregon

State Senator Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) has introduced a bill that would authorize responsible lane-splitting practices in the state.

Kruse’s S.B. 385 would allow riders to split lanes at a speed of no more than 20mph, if traffic is stopped or has slowed to a speed of 10mph or less on certain roadways. This bill has been referred to the Senate Commission on Judiciary but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

The AMA is calling on all Oregon riders to support this bill by entering your information in this form and clicking on the red “Submit” button.

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