But while I think trying to legalize lane filtering is a better strategy than trying to introduce a California-style lane split in one go, I`m still skeptical about the overall success. At the end of the day, we motorcyclists are simply too small a minority, with little or no influence. Based on my personal experience of living for several years in an overcrowded urban area where lane sharing was allowed, I think filtering offers the most benefits to motorcyclists and is an easier sale than legalizing lane splitting, which is more frightening for other drivers and more likely to be abused by reckless drivers. By being able to drive to the top of the line of cars stopped at any traffic light, I was able to cut the time it took to drive around the city by half, even without ever breaking into the fluid traffic. In addition, passing stopped vehicles is not very dangerous. And motorists who see lane filtering in action and have an open mind will find that it improves traffic flow. In Arizona, a proposal has been introduced that copies Utah`s restrictions. This isn`t the first time Arizona has introduced a trail filtering law. Motorcyclists sitting in stationary traffic in the Phoenix heat have obvious reasons for wanting to filter to the top of the line at traffic lights and keep moving. But previous efforts had little institutional support within the government. Even the legislature that introduced the bill two years ago said it was not sure it was a good idea.
Bills have been introduced in Arizona and Virginia that allow motorcycles to filter through stopped traffic as U.S. motorcyclists continue to make hectic, slow and mostly unsuccessful efforts to adopt the kind of traffic practices used by the rest of the world. No person may remove a silencer or acoustic dissipation device from a motorcycle except for maintenance, repair or replacement purposes, except for maintenance, repair or replacement purposes. Outside of California, where track splitting is allowed, little success has been achieved. Hawaii passed a law in 2018 that allows motorcycles to use the shoulder of the road when traffic is stopped. Last year, Utah passed a trail screening law with guidelines that seem reasonable. Basically, you can filter when traffic is stopped, you are on a road with at least two lanes in the same direction and the speed limit is no more than 45 mph and you cannot drive faster than 15 mph. This year, HB2285 was introduced by Rep. Noel Campbell, a former U.S. Navy and Forest Service pilot who states on his biography page that he also leads motorcycle trips to Mexico and Central America. Campbell is also chairman of the Arizona House Transportation Committee, so his understanding of the motorcycle and his position in the legislature better prepares him for the issue.
Table of Contents » Title 46.2. Motor vehicles » Subtitle III Operation » Chapter 10. Safety of vehicles and motor equipment » Article 5 Exhaust system » § 46.2-1050. Silencer on motorcycles It is illegal for a person to drive or have driven a motorcycle that is not equipped with a silencer or other acoustic dissipation device in perfect condition and in constant operation. The chapters of the Assembly Act mentioned in the historical quotation at the end of this Article may not constitute an exhaustive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired. Meanwhile, the proposed Virginia law has slightly different terms. It would allow filtering on roads with more than one lane in the same direction and when traffic is not moving at more than 10 mph. The motorcycle could not ride more than 20 mph when passing slow or stopped vehicles.