Motorcycles; prohibits two to be operated abreast in single lane, civil penalty. (HB1870)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Motorcycle riding abreast. Allows two motorcycles to be operated abreast in a single lane. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 093497568
01/12/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/29/2009Reported from Transportation (11-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Read first time
02/02/2009Passed by for the day
02/03/2009Read second time
02/03/2009Passed by for the day
02/04/2009Read second time
02/04/2009Amendments by Delegate Carrico withdrawn
02/04/2009Amendments by Delegate Janis agreed to
02/04/2009Pending question ordered
02/04/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB1870E
02/04/2009Printed as engrossed 093497568-E
02/05/2009Read third time and passed House (72-Y 25-N)
02/05/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (72-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/11/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1870E)
02/19/2009Reported from Transportation with amendments (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Reading of amendments waived
02/24/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2009Passed Senate with amendments (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Passed by for the day
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Defeated by Senate (17-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 12 clips in all, totaling 18 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

We learned in my state-approved motorcycle safety course that it's never safe to ride two abreast. What's the thinking behind this bill?

Anton Largiader writes:

I think the wording is misguided. The way I read this, the cruiser crowd will be free to do the Easy Rider thing but it'll still be illegal (reckless driving!) to pull up alongside your riding buddy at a traffic light.

Specifically, the existing law distinguishes BEING alongside and TRAVELING alongside (but it bans both), and the amendment specifically addressed only traveling alongside another motorcycle. It's just not well-written.

Jim Cannon writes:

The wording is fine, the current penalty is draconian. 48 states allow this type of operation and there is not one study or statistic to show a problem. the thought that I can pull alongside another motorcycle to alert them I need gas, or they have a problem with their MC is ridiculous. This law serves no purpose except to State Police.