Motorcycles seem to attract discriminatory legislation about as quickly as they attract hormonally-unbalanced teenagers, and now we have two pieces of law that are targetted against bikes being discussed in the United States.
A proposed bill in Maine would provide cops with noise standards to be used against motorcycles, and might even require that certification stickers be shown on exhaust systems.
The bill was written after a group calling itself Main Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles (MECALM) was formed when agitation about motorcycle noise reached a crescendo.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, a court is determining whether a municipality can enforce its own helmet-use law when the state says helmets aren’t necessary.
A man in Myrtle Beach who was ticketed for not wearing a motorcycle helmet brought the case to the state’s Supreme Court. State law allows riders 21 and older to go with the breeze in their do-rags, but Myrtle Beach passed laws last year requiring helmets in a move to rid the municipality of two popular motorcycle rallies.