H. B. 2675
(By Delegate Love)
[Introduced January 10, 1996; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section seven-b, article two,
chapter seventeen-b of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to
motorcycle test course configuration.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section seven-b, article two, chapter seventeen-b of
the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one,
as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE, EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL.
§17B-2-7b. Separate examination and endorsement for a license
valid for operation of motorcycle.
The division of public safety shall administer a separate
motorcycle examination for applicants for a license valid for
operation of a motorcycle. Any applicant for a license valid for
operation of a motorcycle shall be required to successfully complete the motorcycle examination, which shall be in addition
to the examination administered pursuant to section seven of this
article: Provided, That the commissioner of motor vehicles may
exempt an applicant for a motorcycle driver license or
endorsement from all or part of the motorcycle license
examination as provided in section six, article one-d of this
chapter. The motorcycle examination shall test the applicant's
knowledge of the operation of a motorcycle and of any traffic
laws specifically relating thereto and shall include an actual
demonstration of the ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable
control in the operation of a motorcycle. The test course, used
to test pursuant to this section, shall take into consideration
the actual dimensions of motorcycles other than training
motorcycles. An applicant for a license valid for the operation
of only a motorcycle shall be tested as provided in this section
and in section seven of this article, but need not demonstrate
actual driving ability in any vehicle other than a motorcycle.
The examination provided in this section shall not be made a
condition upon the renewal of the license of any person under
For an applicant who successfully completes the motorcycle
examination, upon payment of the required fee, the division shall
issue a motorcycle endorsement on the driver's license of the
applicant, or shall issue a special motorcycle-only license if the applicant does not possess a driver's license.
Any person who already holds a valid driver's license on or
before the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred ninety-
two, upon application and payment of the required fee to the
division of motor vehicles at any time between the first day of
April, one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, and the thirtieth
day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, may be issued
a motorcycle endorsement without being required to take the
examination specified in this section. On or after the first day
of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, every person,
including those holding a valid driver's license, shall be
required to take the examination specified in this section to
obtain a motorcycle license or endorsement.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to guarantee test course
size is suitable for full size motorcycles.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.