Children On Motorcycles

You often hear about ages for children to ride in the front seat, or to be out of a car seat or booster seat while driving in a vehicle but what about when riding on a motorcycle? Believe it or not, there is no minimum age for a child to be able to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle. There is however, an exception that is based on size rather than age.


According to Michigan’s Vehicle Code MCL 257.658a, “A passenger shall not ride on a motorcycle unless his or her feet can rest on the assigned foot rests or pegs except… due to permanent physical disability.” So, it’s kind of like riding a roller coaster at a theme park; as long as you’re tall enough, you can ride. This seems a little strange since you could have an extremely tall 7 year old or an extremely short 15 year old and the 7 year old can ride but the 15 year old can’t. That is why when it comes to seat belt restraints the state enacted not only a size requirement but an age one as well. It seems that would make more sense.

If you have questions about the law in Michigan contact Ambrose Law Group at (248) 624-5500
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