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Old 02-28-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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HB 1530

The bill for the reorganization of the motorcycle safety program has been filed and is beginning to work its way thru state govt. Things to know:
1.) This takes all state loaner bikes away from all providers.
2.) It removes all subsidies for training (such as providing books or eCourses for the MSF classes.)
For these reasons, expect all tuitions to increase, perhaps dramatically, as the two things listed above were used to justify the tuition cap that has been in place for years.
3) It still does not guarantee that the money in the state motorcycle fund (which you pay into every time you renew your license) will be used to run the program. (That's why there's close to $17 million in the fund, and motorcycle incident rates and fatalities keep rising in TX.)
4) It up-ends the instructor training in TX, and will greatly increase cost for those wanting to become instructors. There is a critical shortage of instructors in the state now, and you can expect the situation to get worse before it gets better.
We are watching this closely and will be attending House committee hearings when they are scheduled.

In the meantime, if you need a class for your M, do it now. Classes remain mandatory for licensing. Once this passes, and the motorcycle safety unit moves from DPS to the TX Dept of Licensing and Regulation (Sept 1), the cap goes away and sites will be forced to raise prices to meet expenses.

More as things develop.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:20 PM   #2
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A companion bill, identically worded, has been put forth in the state senate as SB 616. It has been assigned to the Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs committee. To date there has been NO ACTION on anything to do with motorcycle safety in this bill. While that might normally seem like a good thing, in this case it is a very bad thing. Our interests are one small part of this 57 page bill that deals with border security, veterans benefits, driver's license testing, etc. The bill is likely to pass and be signed by the governor. Unless our part changes, here's what happens:
1. Administration of motorcycle training moves to the Texas Dept of Licensing and Regulation from the DPS.
2. All training motorcycles on loan to training providers around the state will have to be collected by August 31, 2019 (this year) for evaluation and sale or disposal.
3. No monies from the motorcycle safety dedicated 501 fund will be used for training materials to help offset the costs for providers.
All of this, plus many other issues included in this bill by well-meaning but woefully uninformed members of the Sunset Review Commission, will put tremendous hardships on training providers in the state. Oh, another issue: when the bill takes effect September 1, the price cap on training will be eliminated. Providers will have no choice but to raise prices to offset much higher costs. Meanwhile, the monies you've been contributing to your motorcycle safety 501 fund will sit.
Think of it: safety training in this state is mandatory for licensing. But what the state is doing will likely put some providers out of business and raise prices for everybody in the state. It's like a tax increase on both providers and riders. And it will make it harder for riders to get the training they need to ride. It's almost like the state is trying to do away with riding.........
We in the TMSC (TX Motorcycle Safety Coalition), COCI and AMA are doing everything we can to get these things addressed, but we're running out of time. Stay tuned. Things could get very bumpy.
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:05 AM   #3
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