ConnDOT: State Agencies Partner to Provide Safety Training for Three-Wheeled Vehicles
2015

CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
NEWS RELEASE
 
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7546
 
FOR RELEASE: June 9, 2015
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State Agencies Partner to Provide Safety Training for Three-Wheeled Vehicles


The Department of Transportationís (DOT) Connecticut Rider Education Program and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have partnered to address a growing segment of the population who choose to ride three-wheeled motorcycles.

Officials at DOT and DMV recognized the need for additional training services as new types of vehicles gained popularity and gaps existed in programs meant to train prospective riders.  The agencies worked to develop language and policy to create a special endorsement on a driverís license to indicate the eligibility to operate a three-wheeled motorcycle only.  Specifically, this cooperation resulted in the drafting and passage of  Public Act 15-46 that created this new special license classification. This Public Act was signed by the governor on June 5, 2015.

Legislation passed in January of 2011 mandated that a state approved motorcycle-training course be successfully completed prior to the issuance of a motorcycle endorsement on a driverís license. Until recently, administrative and fiscal limitations on the training program made it only possible to obtain this endorsement while training on a two-wheeled motorcycle.  The ability to operate a traditional two-wheeled motorcycle is one that only those who are physically able can accomplish.  This leaves out a large segment of the population who canít operate a two-wheeled motorcycle due to physical limitation.

The cooperative effort between agencies resulted in updates to state policy that will allow for a participant to take the Connecticut Rider Education Program course on a three-wheeled motorcycle and receive an endorsement for three-wheeled motorcycles only. Participants who take the course on two-wheeled motorcycles will continue to receive the traditional motorcycle endorsement; allowing them to operate either a two-or a three-wheeled motorcycle.   Training courses will be provided at Gateway Community College in North Haven and are taught by highly qualified instructors.  Students will participate in classes using the Evergreen Safety Councilís three-wheeled training curriculum.  This training program is the only curriculum of its kind and incorporates sidecars, trikes and spiders into basic rider education. Participants will be encouraged to use their own vehicles as long as they are registered and insured, though training vehicles will be provided to students who do not have a vehicle.

The Connecticut Rider Education Program will use dedicated motorcycle safety funds to retrofit Suzuki TU250 motorcycles with trike conversion kits produced by Yelvington Trikes L.L.C out of Seminole Florida.   Spiders will be acquired through a no cost dealer loan program from CanAm-BRP at a local dealer. Side-cars will be incorporated as soon as a qualified vendor has been identified.  These conversions and loaner programs have allowed the State to provide training and vehicles to perspective students at very little cost. 

This program requirement does not apply to the class of motorcycles known as ďautocyclesĒ that was also created through Public Act 15-46.  Autocycles have three wheels, but unlike trikes, they have steering wheels and foot pedals and are fully or partially enclosed.  An autocycle rider is not required to have an endorsement on his or her license.