Join Date: May 2018
Location: Europe/ Austria
Road laws for bikers in different countries?
I´m a bit courious about laws, e.g. the USA, but also in other countries.
In Austria and all other countries of the EU there are laws for
wearing a helmet: bikers have to wear always a helmet by law and it will be enforced. If you don´t, the police stops you, puts a fine on you and first you have to get a helmet before you may resume your ride. One time, I rode my bike for a lenght of 150 meters without a helmet for a short trip to a shop and bad luck, 2 officers appeared and had me fined. 50 USD.
behavior in traffic jams: if a jam occurs on roads with crossings (and lights) or crossings with railways a biker may snake his way through the stopped cars very slowly. When the cars begin to move, he has to form a queue with the cars again. The law says: "you may snake your way to the head of the queue if your purpose is, to take your position directly in front of the crossing"
But on motorways, freeways with no crossings at all, you are forbidden to wriggle along in front of the cars. The law says, "there can be no purpose to get to a stop light on a crossing, because there are no, so you have to hold your position in a traffic jam on a freeway or motorway."
But no biker respects this law on motorways...
years ago, in Austria you got a drivers license for bikes from 51ccm up to nowhere. I have one of them.
Now, the licenses are categorized: you need an easy test fur the 125ccm´s, above them to 48hp another license and above them a full license. The rebel 500 needs a license for bikes until 48hp, not the full license.
Whats´s about the situation in the different states of the USA? Helmet, Behavior in traffic jams or drivers- license? Or other laws about bikers?