§ 31-10.1-1.2. Approved motorcycle rider education program.
(a) The board of governors for higher education and/or the Community College of Rhode Island may certify motorcycle dealers engaged in selling motorcycles or an association engaged in motorcycle safety to provide motorcycle driver education courses in the state if the curriculum used during the course of instruction is certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, or other programs approved by the board and/or the Community College of Rhode Island.
(b) The course shall provide students with a minimum of sixteen and a half (16 1/2) hours of combined classroom instruction, and on the range motorcycle training for a beginner rider course, and a minimum of five (5) hours for a licensed rider course.
(c) In order for an instructor to teach in a motorcycle rider education program in the state, the person shall meet all of the following requirements:
(1) Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older, and must possess a valid drivers license recognized by the state of Rhode Island for at least three (3) consecutive years;
(2) Possess a high school diploma or GED;
(3) Must be certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation as an instructor;
(4) Must be licensed to teach motorcycle training in the state of Rhode Island;
(5) An instructor has not had more than one moving traffic violation within one year prior to obtaining certification; not more than two (2) moving violations within a three (3) year period prior to licensure as a motorcycle rider education instructor; and not more than three (3) moving violations within a five (5) year period prior to licensure as a motorcycle rider education instructor;
(6) An instructor has not had their driving privileges suspended or revoked in the five (5) preceding years prior to obtaining certification by the state of Rhode Island;
(7) An instructor has no driving under the influence of alcohol or drug convictions within ten (10) years prior to obtaining certification by the state of Rhode Island as a motorcycle rider education instructor;
(8) Must successfully pass a criminal background check by the department;
(9) For out of state instructors, the person must provide the department with a certified copy of their driving record from the previous five (5) years.
(d) Class sizes shall not exceed twenty-four (24) students in the classroom, and twelve (12) on the range during instruction.
(e) A student, unless specified under § 31-10.1-2, who successfully completes a department approved motorcycle rider education program's skills and written test requirements, shall be deemed compliant with § 31-10.1-1.1 and exempted from the road test under § 31-10.1-3 provided the student passes a written, vision and road sign examination at a department licensing facility. In order to take the written, vision and road sign examination under § 31-10.1-3 the student shall bring their Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion card and a road test waiver form provided by the rider education program where the course was successfully completed. The road test waiver form shall include the following:
(1) Student's full name, as written on their valid drivers license;
(2) Motorcycle Safety Foundations' Basic Rider Course Completion Card number;
(3) Course completion date;
(4) Dealership or association name;
(5) Dealership or association contact name;
(6) MSF Rider Education Recognition Program number, or equivalent;
(7) Instructor's name, signature and Motorcycle Safety Foundation number or an identifier from any other program approved by the board and/or the Community College of Rhode Island instructor number.
(f) The department or the Community College of Rhode Island has the right to inspect ranges to ensure they fulfill the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's range standards for motorcycle training. The department shall have the right to inspect the courses authorized under this section at any time. The entity providing the motorcycle rider education program shall maintain records for a minimum of two (2) years, including those who participated in the class, those who successfully completed the class, and those individuals who failed any portion of the class.
(g) No state subsidies shall be provided to a dealer or association for operating a motorcycle driver education program under this section.
(h) The state of Rhode Island shall not be liable for any acts or omissions on the part of motorcycle dealers and/or associations in the implementation of the motorcycle rider education program pursuant to this section.
(i) Each dealership and/or association seeking to provide a motorcycle driver education course under this chapter shall pay an application fee of seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) and a yearly renewal fee of one hundred dollars ($100) to the office of higher education for the purpose of program oversight.
(P.L. 2008, ch. 96, § 2; P.L. 2008, ch. 147, § 2.)