Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 51, which legalizes the practice of lane splitting, allowing motorcyclists to pass other vehicles by riding between them along the lane line. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), helps to define and establish clear rules on late splitting to ensure safety on the road.
The legislation was drafted in response to the growing confusion and concern of lane splitting among motorcyclists and motorists in California. While lane splitting has been in use by motorcyclists for decades, it was unclear whether the practice was legal or illegal, thus falling into a controversial gray area. AB 51 removes this gray area while also hoping to reduce the number of lane-splitting accidents by allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to create official safety guidelines for lane-splitting behavior. Regulations are expected to be developed in January and finalized by the end of 2017.
For more information on lane-splitting and AB 51, you can click here to read an article published by NBC Bay Area. Contact Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn today if you require a personal injury attorney after being hurt while riding a motorcycle in the Bay Area.