PROPOSED CHANGE IN MA MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAW COULD SEND RIDERS FLOCKING TO CT

Massachusetts state lawmakers are considering several changes to that state’s motorcycle laws including one that could send riders who don’t want to wear a helmet to Connecticut to register their bikes.

One of the bills easing the Bay State’s helmet requirement would exempt riders who have their bikes registered in a state that doesn’t require helmets from having to wear one in Massachusetts. What that means to Connecticut is that motorcyclists from Massachusetts who don’t want to wear a helmet may head over the border to register their bikes. Under current law in each state, Massachusetts requires riders and passengers on motorcycles to wear protective headgear, Connecticut does not.

The helmet requirement bill and others will the subject of a hearing being held by the Massachusetts state legislature’s transportation committee today.