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New Law Proposed in Oregon ride free while you can

Old 03-09-09, 02:19 PM
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New Law Proposed in Oregon ride free while you can

This law that is being proposed in Oregon will make bicycles fall under motor vehcial regestration laws and if you dont pay $54 every two years you will be fined


" 75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2009 Regular Session

House Bill 3008

Sponsored by Representatives ESQUIVEL, KRIEGER; Representatives
GARRARD, SCHAUFLER


SUMMARY

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the
measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to
consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor's
brief statement of the essential features of the measure as
introduced.

Establishes bicycle registration and licensing system.
Creates offense of altering bicycle serial number or license.
Punishes by maximum fine of $90.
Creates offense of failure to register bicycle. Punishes by
maximum fine of $25.
Sets registration, renewal and other fees.
Makes bicycle ownership information available to law
enforcement agencies.
Establishes Bicycle Transportation Improvement Fund.
Continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Department of
Transportation for bicycle related transportation improvement
projects."
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W T F********** That is sooo damn wrong.
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Just race the gasoline tax by a cent and then you have all the money you need to build a sustainable network of cycling roads. Man oh man. I can't believe in Europe path for cyclists have been made available for decades now and not one cent was charged for bike registration or some other crap like this.
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This is a hot subject and one where I have voiced my opinion several times to be on the side of licensing and registering bicycles used for transportation. You want equal rights to the road, you want to be treated like a vehicle, you want awareness, bike racks, bike lanes, maintenance of bicycle infrastructure, and the list goes on and on. Yet where is this money supposed to come from?

Thought so. There is no reason why one couldn't cough up $27 a year to use existing infrastructure, especially if the registration money is supposed to go back into a bicycle transportation improvement fund.

Bicycles should be licensed, insured, and registered just like any other vehicle out there on the road.
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As a victim of $52 billion increase in taxes (my family's share is $1000), please keep that in Oregon!!!!!

Also, I didn't see anything restricting it to a specific size or up? Would kids bikes (12-16 inch tire ranges) be affected?

bautieri - I agree it isn't a lot, but I have 2 bikes and each of my kids have a bike. So while $27 a year doesn't seem like a lot, $216 in registration fees is quite a bit of money in this economy. Add that to vehicle registration for two cars (based on last year's numbers) I would be giving the state somewhere around $500-600 on the years when the bikes would have to be registered. Come to think of it, I don't think my kid's bikes were more than $60, and you are suggesting that they be insured as well as registered?

That is certainly not a good idea at all....
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Bau has a good point, though I think it may turn parents off to getting bikes for the kids though. It would be difficult to pay registration for a family of four only to have the child not ride the bike. If this only pertained to adult bikes, then I could go for that.

I'll have to read over the whole thing before I pass judgement on it though.

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I have 6 steady bikes and sometimes fluctuate up to as many as 9. I think this is a bad idea unless they can figure out how to reduce my automobike registration due to decreased use.

I think a reasonable one time license/registration fee is a good approach so long as the fees go back into cycling infrastructure. A bicycle has no impact on wear of tear of paved/concrete infrastructure as compared to a motor vehicle.
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Originally Posted by snowman40 View Post
bautieri - I agree it isn't a lot, but I have 2 bikes and each of my kids have a bike. So while $27 a year doesn't seem like a lot, $216 in registration fees is quite a bit of money in this economy. Add that to vehicle registration for two cars (based on last year's numbers) I would be giving the state somewhere around $500-600 on the years when the bikes would have to be registered. Come to think of it, I don't think my kid's bikes were more than $60, and you are suggesting that they be insured as well as registered?

That is certainly not a good idea at all....
Well, this could be solved by adding bicycle as an endorsement on your drivers license like they do for motorcycle, CDL, Hazmat etc.. Pay the extra fee every time you have to renew your drivers license. This would eliminate the problem with paying multiple times for multiple bicycles. This license endorsement would also prevent you having to pay for your children's bikes which would be silly to require that anyways. As it stands we don't have a complete copy of the bill (I'm too lazy to look it up right now) so it's hard to make an argument either way.

Insurance is easy to make an argument for. It's not hard to ride a bicycle 20mph especially if there is some sort of downhill section involved. You just lost your job and your health insurance. You step out on the sidewalk and get plowed into at 20mph. Imagine the rider is 200lbs and force of impact is equal to mass x acceleration. This will not end well for you. People and property can be damaged by cyclist collisions, requiring liability insurance is not nearly as far fetched as most people think it is.
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Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
I have 6 steady bikes and sometimes fluctuate up to as many as 9. I think this is a bad idea unless they can figure out how to reduce my automobike registration due to decreased use.

I think a reasonable one time license/registration fee is a good approach so long as the fees go back into cycling infrastructure. A bicycle has no impact on wear of tear of paved/concrete infrastructure as compared to a motor vehicle.
The wear and tear on paved/concrete infrastructure is negligible at best. However, in the winter time pavement tends to crack and develop potholes due to the ground freezing, thawing, then freezing again next year. At least up north it does, might not directly apply to Texas though I'm sure there are alternative environmental factors that make an impact on the paved surfaces. So really the money collected is to help maintain and improve, not to repair damages done by cyclists. Or at least that's how I'm reading it.
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I certainly hope that if this passes, the money is used to improve bicycling lanes.
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Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
This is a hot subject and one where I have voiced my opinion several times to be on the side of licensing and registering bicycles used for transportation. You want equal rights to the road, you want to be treated like a vehicle, you want awareness, bike racks, bike lanes, maintenance of bicycle infrastructure, and the list goes on and on. Yet where is this money supposed to come from?

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This solution is based on some logic, yet the conclusion is wrong. It would be like saying we must license our shoes if we expect to have sidewalks and be allowed to walk on them.
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I hope this stays in Oregon as well.. What few paths there are here it's only permissible to ride/skate on them between dawn and dusk. I work night so I can't use them anyway. I sure don't want to be paying extra to ride my bike on roads I already 'pay' to drive my car. The only way this would work for me would be to lower the fees for motor vehicles if you also bike. Less car activity on the roads would be a good thing and they should want to encourage, not discourage, bike commuting.
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Originally Posted by Scummer View Post
W T F********** That is sooo damn wrong.
There are advantages and disadvantages to bicycle registration.

Advantages:

Less bicycle theft.... Most bicycle theft is based on the fact that if you steal a bicycle you can often sell it, without anyones knowledge, unless the previous owner finds the bicycle, and the buyer decides to get their money back from you with a tire iron . Needing an ownership transfer makes it harder to sell stolen bicycles, unless out of state. Doable for professional theft rings, difficult for the junkie who steals a bicycle, then sells it to buy crack.

Less bicyclists doing stupid things, someone who runs a stop sign, red light, rides on the sidewalk, and is pulled over by police, they can simply issue the ticket to the plate owner, if the rider does not have identification.

Drivers will take riders more seriously knowing that riders are paying their own way.... Yeah I know, I was when I wrote this, a lot of drivers don't take motorcycles seriously, and they have been registered and insured for years.....

Disadvantages:

Cost, although drivers seem to have no problem coughing up thousands of dollars for registration, fuel, maintenance, and the mortgage payments on their vehicles every year. Some people who would start riding, will look at registering their old bicycles, and stop because of the fee, even though they spend twice that, every other day filling the tank on the SUV.....

A bigger problem though is, bicycles do not have VINs and the serial numbers are manufacturer dependant, and there is no guarantee that a manufacturer doesn't recycle numbers, it's possible that Manufacturer X for models Y and Z use the same numbers, and restart the numbers every year, so model Y in 1984 and 1985 used the same numbers, and model Z uses the same numbers as model Y, now fast forward to 2009, for a specific bicycle, we know the manufacturer, but we don't know the model, those decals got scraped off years ago, and we know the year as only early 1980's. This means that 10 people, with 10 different bicycles, of 3 different models, in 4 separate years have exactly the same serial number, Problem is 8 of them do not know the exact year or model name, because the bicycles were bought used, and are over 20 years old. This is really a logistics issue, and I am not sure how the state will deal with this, personally I don't think they have thought this through.... Issuing a VIN and affixing a VIN plate is often not an option, because if you can attach it, someone will find a way to remove it, even if that's going over a stone and removing 2mm off the bottom bracket shell.

What about off road bicycles, if a bicycle is intended only for off-road use, then the owner does not really need a registration for road use, this includes not only trail bicycles, but track bikes as well.

What about tourists, if I ride a long distance tour, and pass through Oregon, then my bicycle is not registered, I am not going to pay a $27 annual fee just to pass through the state.

Can think of more stuff, but House is on now....
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Originally Posted by con View Post
This solution is based on some logic, yet the conclusion is wrong. It would be like saying we must license our shoes if we expect to have sidewalks and be allowed to walk on them.
Except that pedestrians are not classified as vehicles like bicycles are (in most states anyways) and pedestrians are not clamoring for additional infrastructure maintained by the city nor are they wanting racks to lock their shoes to when they go inside. For the most part sidewalks are maintained by the property owners, this is why I have to shovel the sidewalk in front of my house and keep it clear from any trip hazards. Sidewalk is my problem as a property owner, not the cities. Proportion wise private owners shoulder the lions share of pedestrian traffic costs.

You don't have the right to drive your car down the street just like you don't have the right to cycle down it. It's a privilege and unfortunately you have to (or should have to) pay to play.

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Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
The wear and tear on paved/concrete infrastructure is negligible at best.
Wear and tear is the primary mechanism through which pavement is torn up. Freeze/thaw cracks the pavement, 4000 pound steel boxes drive over top of the cracks and rip little bits out. I live in a cold place and roads with little or no traffic have no potholes, no matter how many cracks there are.

Further, the existance of cars on the roads carries a very heavy cost for a society. Each bicycle on the road pays for itself simply by not being a car.

$27 does not sound like much to me because I have a job.. and presumably so do you. There is no law that says only people with money are allowed to use roads.

This is obviously more of a money grab than an actual attempt at making things better.
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I think if they added a provision that someone who was at a certain level of income where they paid no income taxes they wouldn't pay one.
For out of state tourists you'd have an out of state id to show you weren't a resident there.
I wouldn't mind paying the fee if only to show automobiles my registration sticker so they have one less gripe about it regardless of who causes the damage or whether the law allows us the right to be on the road.

I believe I can register with the town here and it may be on the books that I am supposed to but they have no idea what to do with it.
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Originally Posted by snowman40 View Post
As a victim of $52 billion increase in taxes (my family's share is $1000), please keep that in Oregon!!!!!

Also, I didn't see anything restricting it to a specific size or up? Would kids bikes (12-16 inch tire ranges) be affected?

bautieri - I agree it isn't a lot, but I have 2 bikes and each of my kids have a bike. So while $27 a year doesn't seem like a lot, $216 in registration fees is quite a bit of money in this economy. Add that to vehicle registration for two cars (based on last year's numbers) I would be giving the state somewhere around $500-600 on the years when the bikes would have to be registered. Come to think of it, I don't think my kid's bikes were more than $60, and you are suggesting that they be insured as well as registered?

That is certainly not a good idea at all....
I would agree with you ... I have my doubts regarding passing laws making it mandatory to have all bicycles registered and have insurance for each bike!!

We have five bicycles, and soon will have six. I'm living on a very limited income, and cannot afford those added expenses. Although I'm in California, I can envision this law spreading its way around the country ....
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Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
I have 6 steady bikes and sometimes fluctuate up to as many as 9. I think this is a bad idea unless they can figure out how to reduce my automobike registration due to decreased use.

I think a reasonable one time license/registration fee is a good approach so long as the fees go back into cycling infrastructure. A bicycle has no impact on wear of tear of paved/concrete infrastructure as compared to a motor vehicle.
I'm with you on this issue ... What about roller skates? Skateboards? Roller blades? Rip sticks? Scooters (non-motorized)?

Will we need to have licenses for those too? If not, then why not? What about insurance for any kind of vehicle that anyone could possibly ride?
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Oregon HB3008 bill 2009

Oregon HB3008: https://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/mea...008.intro.html

Sponsored by Representatives ESQUIVEL, KRIEGER; Representatives
GARRARD, SCHAUFLER


SUMMARY

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the
measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to
consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor's
brief statement of the essential features of the measure as
introduced.

Establishes bicycle registration and licensing system.
Creates offense of altering bicycle serial number or license.
Punishes by maximum fine of $90.
Creates offense of failure to register bicycle. Punishes by
maximum fine of $25.
Sets registration, renewal and other fees.
Makes bicycle ownership information available to law
enforcement agencies.
Establishes Bicycle Transportation Improvement Fund.
Continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Department of
Transportation for bicycle related transportation improvement
projects.

A BILL FOR AN ACT
Relating to bicycles; creating new provisions; amending ORS
803.305; and appropriating money.
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. { + Sections 2 to 13 of this 2009 Act are added to
and made a part of the Oregon Vehicle Code. + }
SECTION 2. { + As used in sections 2 to 13 of this 2009 Act:
(1) 'Bicycle' has the meaning given that term in ORS 801.150
except that:
(a) 'Bicycle' also means vehicles that meet the criteria
specified in ORS 801.150 (1) to (4) but that have wheels equal to
or less than 14 inches in diameter.
(b) 'Bicycle' does not mean tricycles designed to be ridden by
children.
(2) 'Bicycle dealer' means a person that is engaged, wholly or
partly, in the business of selling bicycles, buying or taking in
trade bicycles for the purpose of resale, or offering bicycles
for sale or trade. 'Bicycle dealer' does not mean agents or
employees of the person.
(3) 'License' means a sticker that can be securely attached to
a bicycle frame, that prominently displays a unique number and
that is issued upon registration of the bicycle.
(4) 'Serial number' means a legible number stamped on, cast
into or attached to the bicycle frame by the bicycle manufacturer
or under section 3 of this 2009 Act. + }
SECTION 3. { + If the serial number is illegible or missing
when a bicycle is first registered, the Department of
Transportation shall assign a unique serial number. The
department shall permanently stamp the state-issued serial number
on the bicycle frame or shall permanently affix a metal tag with
the serial number to the bicycle frame. + }
SECTION 4. { + (1) A person commits the offense of altering a
bicycle serial number or license if the person willfully removes,
destroys, mutilates or otherwise alters the serial number or
license of any bicycle.
(2) The offense described in this section, altering a bicycle
serial number or license, is a Class D traffic violation. + }
SECTION 5. { + (1) A person 18 years of age or older commits
the offense of failure to register a bicycle if the person owns a
bicycle in this state and the person does not register the
bicycle or renew the registration of the bicycle.
(2) The following are exempt from this section:
(a) Bicycles held by bicycle dealers for sale or trade.
(b) Bicycles not operated on the highways of this state.
(3) The offense described in this section, failure to register
a bicycle, is a violation punishable by a maximum fine of
$25. + }
SECTION 6. { + (1) A bicycle registration application must
include the following information in addition to the license
number being assigned:
(a) Name of the owner of the bicycle;
(b) Owner's address and telephone number;
(c) Owner's date of birth;
(d) Make of the bicycle or name of the bicycle manufacturer;
(e) Model of the bicycle;
(f) Wheel and frame size of the bicycle;
(g) Serial number of the bicycle; and
(h) Any other information the Department of Transportation
considers necessary.
(2) The department shall prescribe the forms to be used for the
bicycle registration application, registration renewals, license
transfers, address changes and changes of ownership, forms to be
submitted to the department by the agent collecting the
registration fees and any other forms the department determines
are necessary.
(3) The department shall maintain a database of information
collected about bicycle ownership from the registration
applications, registration renewal forms, license transfer forms,
change of address forms and change of ownership forms. The
information contained in the database shall be available to any
law enforcement agency. + }
SECTION 7. { + (1) The Department of Transportation may
appoint agents to receive bicycle registration applications and
to issue licenses.
(2) Agents shall issue licenses in accordance with procedures
prescribed by the department and shall charge and collect the
license and registration fees prescribed by law.
(3) The agent collecting the license and registration fee may
retain one-third of the license and registration fee and shall
remit two-thirds of the license and registration fee to the
department.
(4) The department shall supply the agents with bicycle
registration application forms and licenses. + }
SECTION 8. { + A person shall renew a bicycle registration
every two years. Not less than one month prior to the bicycle
registration expiration date, the Department of Transportation
shall send a reminder notice and renewal form to the owner of a
registered bicycle. The department may prescribe the renewal
reminder notice and form. + }
SECTION 9. { + Bicycle license and registration fees are as
follows:
(1) Initial registration and license fee, $54.
(2) Registration renewal every two years, $54.
(3) Transfer of license from one bicycle owned by a person to
another bicycle owned by the same person, $1.
(4) Duplicate license, $2.
(5) Transfer of bicycle ownership from one person to another
person, $5. + }
SECTION 10. { + (1) Bicycle licenses shall:
(a) Be a reflective sticker 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches of a
design adopted by the Department of Transportation; and
(b) Have a unique number prominently displayed.
(2) Upon a transfer of ownership of a bicycle, the license is
valid for the new owner until the expiration date of the
registration. + }
SECTION 11. { + (1) Whenever the owner of any bicycle
registered under sections 2 to 13 of this 2009 Act sells or
transfers ownership of the bicycle, the owner shall report the
sale or transfer to the Department of Transportation within 15
days of the sale or transfer.
(2) Whenever the owner of any bicycle registered under sections
2 to 13 of this 2009 Act changes address, the owner shall notify
the department of the new address within 15 days of the change of
address.
(3) Failure to report a change of ownership or change of
address to the department as required by this section is a
violation punishable by a maximum fine of $25. + }
SECTION 12. { + The Department of Transportation shall adopt
rules for the implementation and administration of sections 2 to
13 of this 2009 Act. Nothing in sections 2 to 13 of this 2009 Act
prevents the department from contracting any service provided
under sections 2 to 13 of this 2009 Act to any private person or
entity or other unit of government. + }
SECTION 13. { + The Bicycle Transportation Improvement Fund is
established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the
General Fund. Interest earned by the Bicycle Transportation
Improvement Fund shall be credited to the fund. All funds
remitted to the Department of Transportation from the fees
established in section 9 of this 2009 Act shall be deposited in
the fund and are continuously appropriated to the Department of
Transportation to pay for development and maintenance of bicycle
lanes, bicycle paths and other bicycle related transportation
improvement projects. + }
SECTION 14. ORS 803.305 is amended to read:
803.305. This section establishes exemptions from the
requirements under ORS 803.300. The exemptions under this section
are in addition to any exemptions under ORS 801.026. Vehicles
exempted by this section from the requirements to be registered
by this state are not prohibited from being registered by this
state if registration is permitted under ORS 803.310. The
following are exempt, either partially or completely as
described, from the registration requirements under ORS 803.300:
(1) Road rollers, farm tractors, trolleys and traction engines
are exempt from registration.
(2) Bicycles { + as defined in section 2 of this 2009 Act
owned by individuals who are 17 years of age or younger + } are
exempt from registration.
(3) A vehicle is exempt from registration if it has
registration issued for the vehicle by the Armed Forces of the
United States where the registration is issued in a foreign
country to a vehicle owned by a member of the Armed Forces. The
exemption granted by this subsection applies only for a period of
45 days from the time the vehicle is returned to the United
States.
(4) A vehicle is exempt from registration if it is not operated
on the highways of this state.
(5) A trailer is exempt from registration if it is equipped
with pneumatic tires made of elastic material and is not operated
in this state with a loaded weight of more than 1,800 pounds. A
trailer for hire, travel trailer or camper is not exempt by this
subsection.
(6) Vehicles owned and operated by the United States Government
are exempt from registration.
(7) Snowmobiles are subject to the requirements for
registration provided under ORS 821.080 to 821.110.
(8) Implements of husbandry, well drilling machinery, emergency
fire apparatus providing public fire protection and wheelchairs
are exempt from registration.
(9) Road graders, farm tractors and farm trailers on highways
are exempt from registration when the operation of the vehicle
upon the highway is incidental to its use in an agricultural
operation.
(10) Fixed load vehicles are exempt from registration while the
vehicles are operated:
(a) In the construction or reconstruction of state or county
roads, highways or city streets; and
(b) Within the immediate construction projects, as described in
the governmental agency contract under which the work is being
performed.
(11) Motor vehicles designed to operate at a loaded weight over
8,000 pounds, trailers and equipment are exempt from registration
while being used for the purposes of forest protection and fire
suppression under ORS chapter 477 or a similar federal statute.
The exemption under this subsection applies to the vehicles or
equipment described while being moved to or from the work area.
The exemption under this subsection only applies to vehicles or
equipment owned, leased, contracted for or requisitioned by the
State Forester or State Board of Forestry, a contractor of the
State Forester or State Board of Forestry under ORS chapter 477
or the United States Government.
(12) Vehicles being used for the purposes of forest protection
and fire suppression are exempt if the vehicles are necessary in
order to comply with ORS 477.615 or 477.650 or a similar federal
statute. The exemption under this subsection also applies to the
vehicles described being moved to or from the work area.
(13) Golf cart exemptions from registration are as provided in
ORS 820.210.
(14) Vehicles currently registered and titled in any other
country, state or territory are not required to be registered by
this state. All of the following apply to this subsection:
(a) This subsection only provides an exemption as long as the
owner of the vehicle satisfactorily shows that the owner is not a
resident of this state or has been a resident of this state for
less than 30 days. For the purpose of this paragraph, a person is
a resident of this state if the person meets the residency
requirements described in ORS 803.200.
(b) The exemption under this subsection applies to vehicles
granted exemptions under ORS 802.500, 802.520 or 826.005 unless
otherwise provided for under paragraph (c) of this subsection.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, a vehicle
operated over the highways of this state for compensation or
profit must comply with the registration requirements under ORS
803.300 in the same manner as vehicles owned by persons in this
state. The following vehicles are not subject to this paragraph:
(A) Vehicles operated under reciprocal registration exemptions
established under ORS 802.500 or 826.005.
(B) Vehicles operated under an exemption established under ORS
802.520.
(C) Vehicles that are proportionally registered under an
agreement established under ORS 826.007 and according to the
procedures established under ORS 826.009 and 826.011.
(D) Any vehicle if duly registered and titled under the laws of
the state or country of which the owner is a bona fide resident
to the extent that in the foreign country, state, territory or
federal district where the owner resides like exemptions and
privileges are granted vehicles duly registered and titled under
the laws of this state and owned by residents of this state.
(d) If no exemption from registration requirements is in effect
under ORS 802.500, 802.520, 826.005 or 826.007 with respect to
another jurisdiction, any vehicle properly registered and titled
in such other jurisdiction and for which evidence of compliance
is supplied shall receive, when operated in this state, the same
exemptions, benefits and privileges granted by such other
jurisdictions to vehicles properly registered and titled in this
state. Reciprocity extended under this paragraph shall apply to
commercial vehicles only when engaged exclusively in interstate
commerce.
(e) Any vehicle operated under dealer registration plates
issued by another state, country, province, territory or the
District of Columbia is subject to this subsection.
(15) Vehicles operated or used by vehicle dealers may be
operated or used without registration as provided under ORS
822.040.
(16) Vehicles towed by towing businesses may be towed without
registration as provided under ORS 822.210.
(17) Vehicles without registration may be transported by
vehicle transporters as provided under ORS 822.310.
(18) Vehicles that are not registered may be operated under
trip permits described under ORS 803.600 or under permits
described under ORS 803.610 to 803.625.
(19) If trailers that are part of a fleet of trailers for hire
are properly registered in this state under an agreement entered
into pursuant to ORS 802.500, all trailers that are identified as
being a part of the same fleet and that are currently registered
in any state, territory, province, country or the District of
Columbia shall be permitted to operate in this state in both
interstate and intrastate commerce without being registered by
this state.
(20) Vehicles that are registered by the United States
Department of State and that are owned or operated by foreign
nationals with diplomatic immunity are exempt from registration.
(21) Tow dollies and converter dollies are exempt from
registration.
(22) Class I and Class III all-terrain vehicles are exempt from
registration.
(23) Motor assisted scooters are exempt from registration.
(24) Electric personal assistive mobility devices are exempt
from registration.
(25) A racing activity vehicle that is being operated for the
purposes of a test drive within a 30-mile radius of the location
where the vehicle is manufactured is exempt from registration.
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Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post

This is obviously more of a money grab than an actual attempt at making things better.
I don't know if you are from Oregon, but you hit the nail on the head. The current administration seem to have a " if it moves, tax it" idea. They have proposed doubling the registration fees for all motor vehicles, plus the same for title transfers, along with a 2 cents gallon increase in the gas tax. Meanwhile the state spent TEN MILLION dollars on a study to see if they could put GPS units on peoples cars, so they could charge them for the mileage that they drive. So really, charging bikes a registration fee is pretty normal around here. The surprise of this bill is that it was written by some republicans who must have wanted in on some of the taxing action. The real thing I have against this bill is that like most other fees collected in the state, the money does not have to be spent on what it was collected for. Most all money is put into the general fund and then distributed as they see fit.
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SECTION 13. { + The Bicycle Transportation Improvement Fund is
established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the
General Fund. Interest earned by the Bicycle Transportation
Improvement Fund shall be credited to the fund. All funds
remitted to the Department of Transportation from the fees
established in section 9 of this 2009 Act shall be deposited in
the fund and are continuously appropriated to the Department of
Transportation to pay for development and maintenance of bicycle
lanes, bicycle paths and other bicycle related transportation
improvement projects. + }



Last year (2008), a single cycling related event (Tour De Fat) in Boise, Idaho, raised $36,685 - enough to license 14,074 bicycles for one year. Do we really need government intervention to control the funds and regulate cycling? www.swimba.org
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Lets try to keep this nonpolitical....I don't want to have to move it to either P&R or A&S....
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well i agree with beau mostly...the law goes down to 14" i believe... it should probably be 24" and below gets off.

"(a) 'Bicycle' also means vehicles that meet the criteria
specified in ORS 801.150 (1) to (4) but that have wheels equal to
or less than 14 inches in diameter."

the difference between the skateboards and skates, and scooters is they aren't considered vehicles for the road a beau stated (at least not in most states) and i don't feel much sympathy for the people who are saying they have 9 bikes but can't afford to pay a small premium for them. If you sold one maybe you could handle the expense.

someone did bring up the good point about low income people. Half the people i see riding in the winter are riding because they can't afford a car and due to their ummm....questionable immigration status would have difficulty getting all the paperwork complete to legally drive one. they certainly might be strained by this measure (moreso than anyone that owns multiple bikes)

I am pretty sure that no bike manufactuer would be dumb enough to use the same S/N from year to year. Obviously bikes that don't see the road are kinda screwed.


SECTION 3. { + If the serial number is illegible or missing
when a bicycle is first registered, the Department of
Transportation shall assign a unique serial number. The
department shall permanently stamp the state-issued serial number
on the bicycle frame or shall permanently affix a metal tag with
the serial number to the bicycle frame. + }

^^^ i could see that being difficult to do to a carbon bike
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btw this looks like a possible loophole in the law

"(2) Bicycles { + as defined in section 2 of this 2009 Act
owned by individuals who are 17 years of age or younger + } are
exempt from registration.
"

Buy the bike "gift" it to a son/niece/kid you know then you ride it...it seems like it would be diffcult to prove ownership of a bike, just say you are borrowing it. (there are no deeds or titles to bikes like cars/houses)
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This was tried on a local municipal level here. It was called racist, as many poor minorities could not afford to pay such a fee.

$54 a year? They sell bikes at Wal-Mart for that price.
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