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April 21, 2015

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Bills would reduce emissions testing, repeal motorcycle helmet law

State Sen. Don Gustavson

State Sen. Don Gustavson

CARSON CITY — Bills introduced in the Nevada Senate on Monday would reduce vehicle emissions testing in Clark and Washoe counties and repeal the state’s motorcycle helmet law for riders 21 and older.

Vehicle emissions testing would be reduced to every four years for newer vehicles and every two years for other cars and trucks.

Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, sponsor of both bills, said they would not result in more smog or motorcycle deaths.

A similar emissions bill was approved in a Senate committee in 2011 but never got to the floor for a final vote, Gustavson said. “I’ve got lots of support for this,” he said.

The smog inspection stations might oppose the bill, but the certificate fee for the emissions test — which does not include the inspection fee — would be raised from $6 to $12 for the two-year check.

As far as Nevada’s motorcycle helmet law goes, 31 states have repealed similar laws and research has shown little change in motorcycle crash death rates, Gustavson said. Most injures from crashes are to the arms, legs and other parts of the body — not the head, Gustavson said.

The exemption from the helmet law would apply to those 21 years old or older who have at least one year of riding experience and pass a safety course.

Passengers also would not have to wear helmets, as long as they are at least 21.

Cyclists would still have to wear goggles or glasses if the bike does not have a windshield.

Gustavson said some people won’t buy motorcycles in Nevada or attend motorcycle rallies in the state because of the helmet laws. That results in lost revenue from tourism and sales taxes, he said.

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  1. Chunky says:

    Author Ryan switches over to "cyclists" in the next to the last paragraph. Cyclists PEDAL and few if any bicycles have windshields. Bikers ride MOTORCYCLES and some of them have windshields but not all.

    As for bikers or cyclists riding without their helmets, Chunky accepts an individual's personal decision to ride without a helmet. Chunky thinks it's not a good decision but he respects their right to do so. The Chunks family wear All The Gear All The Time "ATGATT" without exception.

    Chunky also thinks the Motorcycle Safety Foundation "MSF" who trains most of the riders in the US would disagree with Mr. Gustavson and so would USA Cycling with regards to cyclists.

    The bottom line is respecting an individual's freedom to ride as they wish. So if you'll support Chunky's freedom to own all the ARs and hi-cap mags he wants he'll support and fight for your freedoms too.

    That's what Chunky thinks!