Pennsylvania Motorcycle Laws and Information
Motorcyclists Rights Organization (SMRO)
Motorcycle helmet law:
§ 3525. Protective equipment for motorcycle riders.
(a) Protective headgear.--Except as provided in subsection
(d), no person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle or a
motor-driven cycle (other than a motorized pedalcycle) unless he
is wearing protective headgear which complies with standards
established by the department.
(b) Eye-protective devices.--No person shall operate or ride
upon a motorcycle (other than a motorized pedalcycle or a three-
wheeled motorcycle equipped with an enclosed cab) unless he is
wearing an eye-protective device of a type approved by the
(c) Approval of equipment.--The department may approve or
disapprove protective headgear and eye-protective devices
required under this section and may issue and enforce
regulations establishing standards and specifications for the
approval of the headgear and devices. The department shall
publish lists of all protective headgear and eye-protective
devices by name and type which have been approved.
(d) Exception.--The provisions of subsection (a) shall not
apply to the following:
(1) The operator or any occupant of a three-wheeled
motorcycle equipped with an enclosed cab.
(2) A person 21 years of age or older who has been
licensed to operate a motorcycle for not less than two full
(3) A person 21 years of age or older who has completed
a motorcycle rider safety course approved by the department
or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
(4) The passenger of a person exempt under this
subsection if the passenger is 21 years of age or older.
(Feb. 15, 1980, P.L.12, No.8, eff. imd.; July 8, 1986, P.L.432,
No.90, eff. 60 days; July 6, 2003, P.L.19, No.10, eff. 60 days)
Cross References. Section 3525 is referred to in section
3314 of this title.
Other motorcycle laws:
§ 3522. Riding on motorcycles.
(a) Use of seat by operator and passengers.--A person
operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and
regular seat attached to the motorcycle, and the operator shall
not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a
motorcycle unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than
one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the
permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon
another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or
side of the operator. In no event shall a passenger sit in front
of the operator of the motorcycle.
(b) Method of seating.--Unless in a sidecar, a person shall
ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat,
facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle.
(c) Articles carried by operator.--No person shall operate a
motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle or other article
which prevents him from keeping both hands on the handlebars.
(d) Interference with operation.--No operator shall carry
any person, nor shall any person ride, in a position that will
interfere with the operation or control of the motorcycle or the
view of the operator.