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No helmets for three-wheeled vehicles under bill

3 years 5 months 1 week ago April 16, 2013 Apr 16, 2013 Tuesday, April 16 2013 April 16, 2013 1:24 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- The House Transportation Committee has approved a proposal that would pave the way for the production of a three-wheeled vehicle called the Elio.

It would remove the requirement that Elio occupants wear helmets.

Officials with Elio Motors, located in the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, said the helmet requirement could harm sales by sending a signal to consumers that the vehicle was unsafe.

The bill by Shreveport Rep. Barbara Norton would modify the definition of autocycle to include enclosed motorcycles with a roll cage.

That change would mean occupants of an Elio wouldn't have to wear helmets or get a special "M'' endorsement on their driver's license as required of motorcyclists.

The bill now heads to the full House.

IMAGE: Elio Motors

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