Motorcycle Insurance Required in WA July 28th
Already Required In Idaho
CLARKSTON, WA – Washington motorcycle riders will have to have insurance starting on July 28th. Governor Inslee signed a new law in April that mandates a minimum of liability insurance on those vehicles. Until now it has not been required in Washington. It is required already in Idaho. Washington riders must also carry proof of insurance on the bike just like drivers of cars and pickups.
The law does not apply to moped and all-terrain vehicles. A vehicle is considered a moped if the engine cylinder displacement does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.
State law defines a motorcycle as: a motor vehicle designed to travel on not more than three wheels, not including any stabilizing conversion kits, on which the driver:
(1) Rides on a seat or saddle and the motor vehicle is designed to be steered with a handlebar; or
(2) Rides on a seat in a partially or completely enclosed seating area that is equipped with safety belts and the motor vehicle is designed to be steered with a steering wheel.
"Motorcycle" excludes a farm tractor, a power wheelchair, an electric personal assistive mobility device, a motorized foot scooter, an electric-assisted bicycle, and a moped.
Here’s a link to the new law if you’d like to read more about it: https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.30.020
Here’s a link to the full law as it passed the state government: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/House/1014.SL.pdf