Senate Approves Scavello Bill Defining Three-Wheeled “Autocycles”

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) to establish a legal definition for increasingly popular, three-wheeled “autocycles” was unanimously approved yesterday by the full Senate.

Senate Bill 1108 will make clearer the distinction between these newly developed three-wheeled vehicles with two forward wheels and the more recognizable three-wheeled, trike-style motorcycles which have been around for many years. Models of the newer vehicles include the Polaris “Slingshot” and the Tanom Motors “Invader.”

Specifically, the legislation will define these vehicles as an autocycle and register and title them by creating a special designation under the existing motorcycle definition.  However, individuals wishing to operate an autocycle will be permitted to do so with a Class “C” driver’s license.

“This measure will foster conformity with other states regionally who have already adopted an autocycle definition, and continue a trend that is developing nationally,” said Scavello. “The result will be more accurate crash reporting statistics, clarity for law enforcement in determining which laws to enforce, and ultimately a safer environment on the road.”

The legislation is the result of recommendations issued by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, an internationally respected group of motor vehicle administrators and law enforcement officials.

The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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