Nevada’s lane splitting bill, AB236, first heard by the Assembly Transportation Committee on March 28th, 2013 has passed committee in amended form, with only two committee members opposing – Maggie Carlton and Paul Anderson. Next step – the bill goes before the full Assembly and the Senate.
Assemblywoman Carlton opposition to the bill is based on her fear of “motorcyclist’s guts end up all over the back of my car.” She reiterated her concerns in this work session, saying she sees lane splitting “as very, very dangerous and I just can’t support it.” Assemblyman Anderson, who has lived in Southern California where he “left a few mirrors behind on the freeways” shared Carlton’s concerns, albeit in a less gruesome manner.
Committee Chair and co-sponsor of AB236 Richard Carrillo, a long-time rider, laid out one of the best reasons to split lanes – avoiding a rear end hit – rather eloquently, saying “at the end of the day, I want to know that I’m going to come home and not be a part of the pavement or the back of somebody’s truck or car. To me, this really resonates.”
From the work session document, the details of the amended bill text are:
Assemblyman Richard (Skip) Daly proposed an amendment, a mock-up of which is included in the Work Session Document. The amendment makes the following changes to the bill:
- Mopeds would not be allowed to “lane split”;
- Instead of requiring a person who was lane splitting to drive in a cautious and prudent manner, the amendment requires that the person drive in a manner that is reasonable and proper, having due regard for the traffic, surface and width of the highway, the weather, and other highway conditions.
- Instead of simply limiting the speed of a driver who is lane splitting to not more than 30 miles per hour, the amendment allows lane splitting provided that the motorcycle, while driving between vehicles:
- Must not travel at a speed which is more than 10 miles per hour faster than the speed of those other vehicles; and
- Must not exceed a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour.
- The effective date of the bill is changed from October 1, 2013, to January 1, 2014.
These are minor changes in the language – we knew most of this was coming from the previous hearing. As we said when this bill was introduced, it’s simple and smart. Be cautious and keep your speed reasonable – which we should all be doing when splitting lanes.
Check out the full work session document below, and our previous coverage of AB236 for hearing video footage and more documents. We’ll update this post with video and additional information as it becomes available.
Here’s some footage from the work session. We unfortunately missed the first few minutes.
And here’s the work session document with amendment text.