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.

 

Kristen@ambroselawgroup.com

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