HEIGHT OF MOTORCYCLE HANDLEBARS
House Bill 4480 as reported from committee w/o amendment
Sponsor: Rep. Abdullah Hammoud
Committee: Transportation and Infrastructure
Complete to 2-22-18
Currently under the Michigan Vehicle Code, a person may not operate on a public highway a motorcycle or moped that is equipped with handlebars that are higher than 15 inches from the lowest point of the undepressed saddle to the highest point of the handle grip of the operator.
House Bill 4480 would amend the Code to change the allowable handlebar height for motorcycles and mopeds to 30 inches, measured from the same points.
As of June 2016, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, 20 states had no restrictions on handlebar height. The most common handlebar height requirements among states that have them are for handlebars to be no more than 15 inches above the seat (9 states, including Michigan currently) and for handgrips not to be above the shoulder height of the rider (13 states). Two states (Wisconsin and Washington) had enacted a 30-inch requirement as of June 2016.
The bill would have no fiscal impact on the state or local governments.
Representatives from ABATE of Michigan testified in support of the bill. (2-13-18)
Fiscal Analyst: Michael Cnossen
■ This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.