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    Wednesday, April 13 2016, 10:03 AM - #Permalink
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    Arizona Law states:

    A. A person operating a motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle shall ride only on the permanent and regular seat attached to the motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle (A.R.S. 28-892).
    B. The operator of a motorcycle shall not carry any other person and any other person shall not ride on a motorcycle unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person. On a motorcycle designed to carry more than one person, a passenger may ride on the permanent and regular seat if it is designed for two persons or on another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator (A.R.S. 28-892).
    C. The operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall not carry any other person and any other person shall not ride on an all-terrain vehicle unless the all-terrain vehicle is equipped to carry more than one person. On an all-terrain vehicle that is equipped to carry more than one person, a passenger may ride on the permanent and regular seat if it is equipped for two persons or on another seat firmly attached to the all-terrain vehicle at the rear or side of the operator (A.R.S. 28-892).
    D. A.R.S. section 25-401(2) says “joint legal decision making” means both parents share decision-making and either parent’s rights or responsibilities are superior except with respect to specified decisions as set forth by the court or the parents in the final judgment or order.

    Arizona Law Defines “Motorcycle” as:
    A motor vehicle that has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and that is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but excludes a tractor and a moped.

    What this means to you:

    A minor child may legally ride on the back of a motorcycle with a licensed driver if:

    A. The motorcycle is designed for a passenger (meaning it has a passenger seat)
    B. Only one passenger per seat
    C. The minor is following all safety precautions including wearing a helmet (A.R.S. 28-964)
    D. If both your parents have “joint legal decision-making” authority granted by the court in their final divorce decree, they both have an equal say about whether you can go to school on the back of your Dad’s motorcycle. They just have to come to some sort of an agreement and work it out.

    Additional Arizona Laws

    A. An operator or passenger of a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle who is under eighteen years of age shall wear at all times a protective helmet on the operator's or passenger's head in an appropriate manner. The protective helmet shall be safely secured while the operator or passenger is operating or riding on the motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle. An operator of a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle shall wear at all times protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield of a type approved by the director unless the motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle is equipped with a protective windshield. This subsection does not apply to electrically powered three wheeled vehicles or three wheeled vehicles on which the operator and passenger ride within an enclosed cab (A.R.S. 28-964).

    B. A motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and motor driven cycle shall be equipped with a rearview mirror, seat and footrests for the operator. A motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle or motor driven cycle operated with a passenger shall be equipped with a seat and footrests for the passenger (A.R.S. 28-964).

    Laws may have changed since the last time this article was updated. The current and most up-to-date laws can be accessed here.
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