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No helmets required for Elio vehicle occupants

3 years 4 months 6 days ago May 21, 2013 May 21, 2013 Tuesday, May 21 2013 May 21, 2013 5:15 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Drivers of the Elio, a three-wheeled vehicle to be manufactured in Shreveport, won't have to wear helmets.

The Louisiana House gave final passage to the bill by Shreveport Rep. Barbara Norton with a 90-1 vote Tuesday, sending it to the governor's desk.

Because the Elio has three wheels, it's considered a motorcycle under federal and state safety regulations.

Norton's bill modifies the definition of autocycle to include enclosed motorcycles with a roll cage. That change means Elio occupants won't have to wear helmets or get a special "M'' endorsement on their driver's license as required of motorcyclists.

Officials with Elio Motors, located in the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, said the helmet requirement could harm sales.

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