Powersport Vehicle Dealers License Application
PDAC board members and the executive director worked diligently with the Department of Revenue in order to facilitate a process to get the state’s powersports dealers licensed quickly and easily. The PDAC has grouped all the forms you need to apply for your powersport vehicle dealers license in one place and has created a Helpful Hints document to give you tips on how to complete your application packet.

If you are already a licensed motor vehicle dealer, please click here to download the appropriate forms and PDAC Helpful Hints from www.pdaco.org for obtaining your powersports vehicle dealers license.

If you do not already have a motor vehicle dealers license, go to the Colorado Department of Revenue, Auto Industry Division website at www.revenue.state.co.us/dlr/home.asp to download the appropriate forms.

Increased Personal Injury Protection Coverage Legislation Proposed - Again!
As predicted, the General Assembly's Health Care Task Force has once again proposed at least 2 bills for insurance covering first responder and emergency medical care related to motor vehicle accidents. $30k of insurance is proposed between the 2 bills as essentially disguised personal injury protection, PIP of which owners of motorcycles will see a significant increase in their premiums.

This is the consecutive 3rd year PDAC will face this type of legislation. Remember, this will also apply to those clever souls that plate their dirt bikes.

Federal agency unveils action plan for motorcycle safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has unveiled a new motorcycle safety initiative built on an "action plan" designed to guide the federal agency's policy over the coming years.

The federal plan, unveiled November 2, was accompanied by a television public-service announcement featuring Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters (right, shown in a still photo from the PSA), herself a rider, relating her experience with a motorcycle crash that left her with a broken collarbone (See the TV spot at the NHTSA website.) The accompanying action plan calls for a focus on six areas:

  • Evaluating the results of the first comprehensive study into the causes of motorcycle crashes in more than 25 years, a study that has now received full financial support from the federal government and the motorcycle industry following years of work by the AMA.

  • Developing new national standards for entry-level motorcycle rider training that are expected to set a baseline for programs in all states.

  • Amending the federal motorcycle-helmet standard to address problems of false helmet-certification claims.

  • Distributing a brochure designed to offer guidance for highway officials and engineers looking to design, construct and maintain roadways for increased motorcycle safety.

  • Creating a training program designed to educate police on enforcement efforts to reduce motorcycle crashes.

  • Marketing a “Share the Road” campaign kit for use by states, local communities and motorcycle organizations.
  • "We're encouraged that NHTSA officials have adopted a more comprehensive approach to the issue of motorcycle safety," said Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for government relations, "and we certainly agree with the emphasis on the new study of motorcycle crashes, which will be getting under way in the next few months. Like the last such study, which was completed in 1980, we think this research has real potential to help riders be safer on the road.

    "We are still evaluating what amounts to a major new initiative by this federal agency regarding motorcycle safety," Moreland added, "and we hope that NHTSA officials will maintain a dialogue with the motorcycling community as they proceed with elements of this action plan, to make sure we are working together toward common goals we can all support."

    Full details of the action plan are available at the NHTSA motorcycle safety website.

    Bikers Unhappy With Motorcycle Noise Violations
    For some, the rumbling of a motorcycle engine is poetic, but for lawmakers in cities nationwide, it's apparently a headache.

    Colorado - Noise violation laws targeted at motorcycles that are too loud are just beginning to be enforced nationwide, from New York City to Denver.

    In Colorado Springs, similar noise violations are nothing new, as area bikers have been subject to noise violations since 2003.

    The violations target motorcycles that have modified mufflers. Bikers say the modifications the violations target are necessary, and offer benefits to the bike, such as better fuel efficiency and increased safety. As a result, bikers feel the violations are having a negative impact on the motorcycle industry.

    "It's going to hurt the industry, people not wanting to stay here (Colorado Springs), they're going to go elsewhere," one biker, who wished to remain anonymous says.

    The biker says the subject is critical, as many bikers feel the violations are also too strict. Other bikers feel the violations aren't the problems; rather it's the riders.

    "It's how you act on your bike," motorcyclist Lanny Pearson of Colorado Springs says. "If you're out here being a fool, you're going to be stopped, if you're out here being calm and sensible, they're going to leave you alone."

    According to Colorado Springs noise ordinances, permissible noise levels include anything under 55 decibels in a residential zone or 60 decibels in a commercial zone during the hours of 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Those hours are reduced by five decibels during the nighttime hours, from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

    To find out what kinds of levels most motorcycles made, NEWSCHANNEL 13 purchased a sound meter for $50.00. Then, we measured the decibel reading of three motorcycles from a distance of 35 feet. Each motorcycle had not been modified and was only idling at the time of measuring the sound levels. After measuring each bike, we compared the results, with each decibel reading over the legal limit in a commercial area.

    Still, Colorado Springs Police say they are writing fewer noise violation tickets for all vehicles, including motorcycles. In 2006, police wrote a total of 750 noise violations. So far in 2007, police have written only 245 noise violations.

    Board of Directors
    Chairman, Kurt Finley - Colorado Powersports
    Vice-Chairman/Treasurer, Jason White - Fay Myers Motorcycle World
    Director, Donavan Facey - Xtreme Performance
    Director, Dave Burke - Sun Enterprises
    Director, Bill Comegys - Grand Prix Motorsports
    Director, Brian Harris - Fort Collins Motorsports
    Director, Jack Starr - RPM Motorsports
    Director, Gary Wilkerson - Handlebar Cycle
    Director, Mike Hendry - Foothills BMW/Triumph
    Director, Steve Larsen - Greeley H-D, Honda, Yamaha
    Director, Marshall Van Thorne - Interstate Honda

    Executive Director, Jerry Abboud
    All Sports Honda
    Alpine Motorsports
    Apex Motorsports
    Aurora Honda
    Colorado Powersports
    Coyote Motorsports
    Davis Service Center
    Fay Meyers Motorcycle World
    Foothills BMW/Triumph
    Fort Collins Motorsports
    Grand Junction HD
    Grand Prix Motorsports
    Greely HD, Honda, Yamaha
    Handlebar Cycle
    Hi Country Motorsports
    Interstate Honda
    Motorcycle Accessories
    Pikes Peak Harley Davidson
    Rocky Mountain Kawasaki
    RPM Motorsports
    Sun Enterprises
    Sun Sports Unlimited
    Twin Peaks Motorsports
    Vickery Motorsports
    Xtreme Performance Center
    Universal Underwriters
    Tucker Rocky Dist
    Western Powersports
    Retail Powersports Mang. Group

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