Arizona Legislature considers defining motorized quadricycles

The has been operating in Scottsdale since 2012.

[UPDATE — this bill was passed, i believe in exactly the same form as was vetoed last year, we have a new governor.  HB2211 in 52 1st regular session, 2015. The bill also included autocycles ]

[VETO — gov. Brewer vetoed this bill… “Brewer in her veto said the bill could pose a public-safety risk, primarily if passengers are drinking alcohol.” ]

Somewhere out of the blue; House trans committee chairperson Rep Karen Fann introduced an amendment that makes definitions and regulations for commercial multiple-person, pedaled, motor-assisted quadricycles. Often offered as a “party bus” where the riders drink and pedal around (presumably the driver remains sober). This is an amendment to SB1201 a striker bill that defined Autocycle as essentially an enclosed 3-wheeled motorcycle. 

These devices, as Fann correctly points out, are completely un-defined in Arizona law “ ‘They are not classified as a vehicle,’ she said. ‘It’s not a motorcycle, it’s not a bicycle. It’s a new kind of vehicle.’ ”.

Note the proposals, which come as a floor amendment in the house do nothing to clarify the position of general-purpose quadricycles; e.g. a Rhodes car, which remains in legal limbo… since bicycles must have either 2 or 3 (yes, a tricycle is bicycle, legally speaking according to the transportation code), it can’t be a bicycle.

From what i understand, party-bike type services are currently running in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff.

Anyways, there are a number of requirements for the motorized quad that I don’t particularly like: the definitions only allow for commercial use; so e.g. you and a bunch of your friends cannot go out an buy one. They must be motorized. They must seat at least 8. They must be a commercial vehicle. The driver must be a licensed limo driver. It must be manufactured by a motor vehicle manufacturer. Some or all of those things make sense when operating a service for hire, but are unnecessary over-regulation for non-commercial uses.

See all bills of interest from 51st / 2nd Regular Legislative Session (Spring 2014).