Motorcycle Safety and Training Regulations

New Jersey Helmet Law – P.L. 39:3-76.7:
No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he wears a securely fitted protective helmet of a size proper for that person and of a type approved by the federal DOT. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides.

Statistics show that that inexperience and a lack of proper training are key contributors in fatal motorcycle accidents. Among all riders, motorcyclists ages 20 to 29 have had the largest percentage of fatal crashes.

As a result, New Jersey enacts several new safety provisions for new motorcyclists, along with improved training and education requirements. Here are the highlights of the law S736:

  • If a person is issued a motorcycle license for a vehicle with a smaller-size engine (less than 231 cubic centimeters) they are legally prohibited from operating a motorcycle with an engine displacement of more than 500 cubic centimeters.
  • Low-speed motorcycles are prohibited on limited-access interstate highways or public roads or highways with posted speed limits in excess of 35 miles per hour in New Jersey.
  • Riders with a motorcycle permit are prohibited from riding in the dark, carrying passengers and riding on the state’s toll roads or on limited access highways.
  • All applicants for a motorcycle permit under 18 are required to complete a motorcycle safety education course.
  • The chief administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission may waive requirements for a motorcycle license for those who complete a motorcycle safety education course by allowing a waiver of the written portion of the examination as well as the road test.
  • The chief administrator may collect a waiver fee from any provider of a motorcycle safety education course for each student holding an examination permit who, having successfully completed the course, has qualified for waiver of the road test portion of the motorcycle license examination. (Previously this was mandatory, it is now optional).
  • The chief administrator must approve all private entities that offer a motorcycle safety education course and contract with a public or private entity to implement and administer the course.

Looking for a new bike?

Motorcycles can now be sold at dealerships on Sundays in most counties in New Jersey!  In March 2011, legislation was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie to permit motorcycles sales on Sunday. The bill is aimed at helping businesses remain competitive in the difficult economy. The law doesn’t apply in Bergen County, where Sunday sales of most retail items are barred.

Other Resources:

The NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC)  – list of manufacturers that meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards