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AB-2054 Motorized skateboards.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 21209 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

21209.
 (a) No A  person shall not  drive a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane established on a roadway pursuant to Section 21207 except as follows:
(1) To park where parking is permitted.
(2) To enter or leave the roadway.
(3) To prepare for a turn within a distance of 200 feet from the intersection.
(b) This section does not prohibit the use of a motorized bicycle in a bicycle lane, lane  pursuant to Section 21207.5, or an electrically motorized skateboard in a bicycle lane pursuant to Section 21968,  at a speed no greater than is reasonable or prudent, having due regard for visibility, traffic conditions, and the condition of the roadway surface of the bicycle lane, and in a manner which that  does not endanger the safety of bicyclists.

SEC. 2.

 Section 21968 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

21968.
 (a) A motorized skateboard shall not be propelled on any a  sidewalk, roadway, or any other part of a highway or on any a  bikeway, bicycle path or trail, equestrian trail, or hiking or recreational trail.
(b) For purposes of this section,  Notwithstanding subdivision (a),  an electrically motorized board, as defined in Section 313.5, is not a motorized skateboard. skateboard may be propelled in a bicycle lane or on a bikeway or bicycle path or trail if it meets both of the following requirements: 
(1) Has an electric motor with a power output of not more than 1,000 watts that meets both of the following:
(A) Is incapable of propelling the device at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on ground level.
(B) Is incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power or gravity is used to propel the electrically motorized skateboard faster than 20 miles per hour.
(2) Has a variable throttle control and an independent variable braking control.
(c) The rider of an electrically motorized skateboard shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian prior to riding over or upon a bicycle lane or a bikeway or bicycle pathway or trail, or within a crosswalk pursuant to Section 21950.
(d) (1) A manufacturer of motorized skateboards doing business in this state shall provide a disclosure, as described in paragraph (2), to each consumer that advises the consumer that an existing insurance policy may not provide coverage for motorized skateboards, and that the consumer is encouraged to contact his or her insurance company or insurance agent to determine if coverage is provided.
(2) The disclosure required pursuant to paragraph (1) shall meet both of the following requirements:
(A) The disclosure shall be printed in not less than 14-point boldface type on a single sheet of paper that contains no information other than the disclosure.
(B) The disclosure shall include the following language in capital letters:

“YOUR INSURANCE POLICY MAY NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING THE USE OF THIS MOTORIZED SKATEBOARD. TO DETERMINE IF COVERAGE IS PROVIDED, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY OR AGENT.”

(e) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), a local government authority may adopt rules and regulations by ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting persons from propelling an electrically motorized skateboard in a bicycle lane or on a bikeway or bicycle path or trail.
SEC. 3.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.