current motorcycle laws:
for operating and riding on motorcycles -- Headgear requirements
-- Definitions of motorcycle and moped.
(1) A person shall not operate a motorcycle on a highway:
(a) Except when that person is in possession of a valid motorcycle
operator's license; and
(b) Unless that person uses an approved eye-protective device,
in the manner prescribed by the secretary of the Transportation
Cabinet, at all times such vehicle is in motion; and
(c) Unless the motorcycle is equipped with a rear-view mirror.
(2) A person shall not operate or ride as a passenger on a motorcycle:
(a) Except on a seat permanently attached to that vehicle and
specifically designed to carry the operator or passenger in
a safe manner; and
(b) Except when using a footrest permanently attached to that
vehicle and specifically designed to carry that person in a
(3) The following persons shall be required to wear protective
headgear, in the manner prescribed by the secretary of the Transportation
Cabinet, at all times the motorcycles they are riding are in
motion on a public highway:
(a) A person under the age of twenty-one (21) years who is operating
a motorcycle or who is a passenger on a motorcycle or in a sidecar
(b) A person who possesses a motorcycle instruction permit and
who is operating a motorcycle; and
(c) A person who has held a valid motorcycle operator's license,
or combination motor vehicle-motorcycle operator's license,
for less than one (1) year and who is operating a motorcycle.
(4) A motorcycle operator authorized to drive a motorcycle on
an instruction permit shall not be authorized to carry passengers.
(5) The secretary of the Transportation Cabinet shall by regulation
fix minimum standards for approved protective headgear and for
approved eye-protective devices, and prescribe the manner in
which they shall be used. The secretary shall maintain and cause
to be published a list of approved protective headgear and of
approved eye-protective devices. The secretary may prescribe
by regulation minimum standards for other protective devices
and require the use of those devices.
(6) As used in this chapter:
(a) "Motorcycle" means any motor driven vehicle having
a seat or saddle for the use of the operator and designed to
travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the
ground, but excluding tractors and vehicles on which the operator
and passengers ride in an enclosed cab and excluding a moped
as defined in this subsection; and
(b) "Moped" means either a motorized bicycle whose
frame design may include one (1) or more horizontal crossbars
supporting a fuel tank so long as it also has pedals, or a motorized
bicycle with a step-through type frame which may or may not
have pedals rated no more than two (2) brake horsepower, a cylinder
capacity not exceeding fifty (50) cubic centimeters, an automatic
transmission not requiring clutching or shifting by the operator
after the drive system is engaged, and capable of a maximum
speed of not more than thirty (30) miles per hour.
Effective: June 21, 2001
History: Amended 2001 Ky. Acts ch. 43, sec. 3,
effective June 21, 2001. -- Amended 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 319, sec.
2, effective July 14, 2000; and ch. 393, sec. 47, effective
July 14, 2000. -- Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 21, sec. 1, effective
July 15, 1998. -- Amended 1982 Ky. Acts ch. 194, sec. 4, effective
July 15, 1982. -- Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 349, sec. 8, effective
June 17, 1978; ch. 434, sec. 6, effective June 17, 1978. --
Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 173, sec. 6. -- Amended 1974 Ky. Acts
ch. 74, Art. IV, sec. 20(10). -- Amended 1972 Ky. Acts ch. 203,
sec. 36. -- Created 1968 Ky. Acts ch. 63, sec. 1.