If you are using a motorcycle in Washington, then you need to know the laws you are subject to follow. You are entitled to the use the full lane on the road you are traveling in. No other vehicle is permitted to disrupt your use of the lane. You may lawfully pass other vehicles; however, you are not permitted to pass other vehicles in the same lane you are traveling in, except for pedestrians and bicyclists so long as you provide a distance of at least three feet.
While riding on the motorcycle you must ride upon the permanent and regular seat attached. You are not permitted to have a passenger on the motorcycle unless your bike was designed for more than one person. You are not permitted to attach yourself or your motorcycle to another vehicle on a roadway.
While operating a motorcycle you should be aware of your surroundings, obey all traffic laws, control devices and speed limits. This will help protect you and others from injury as you go for a ride.
Additional rules and requirements for operating a motorcycle are as follows:
RCW 46.61.608: Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.
- All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
- The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. However, this subsection shall not apply when the operator of a motorcycle overtakes and passes a pedestrian or bicyclist while maintaining a safe passing distance of at least three feet.
- No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
- Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.
- Subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their official duties.
RCW 46.61.610: Riding on motorcycles.
A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator. However, the motorcycle must contain foot pegs or be equipped with an additional bucket seat and seat belt meeting standards prescribed under 49 C.F.R. Part 571 for each person such motorcycle is designed to carry.
RCW 46.61.611: Motorcycles—Maximum height for handlebars.
No person shall operate on a public highway a motorcycle in which the handlebars or grips are more than thirty inches higher than the seat or saddle for the operator.
RCW 46.61.612: Riding on motorcycles—Position of feet.
No person shall ride a motorcycle in a position where both feet are placed on the same side of the motorcycle.
RCW 46.61.613: Motorcycles—Temporary suspension of restrictions for parades or public demonstrations.
The provisions of RCW 46.37.530 and 46.61.610 through 46.61.612 are temporarily suspended with respect to the operation of motorcycles on a closed road during a parade or public demonstration that has been permitted by a local jurisdiction
RCW 46.61.614: Riding on motorcycles—Clinging to other vehicles.
No person riding upon a motorcycle shall attach himself or herself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle on a roadway.
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