Legalization of the Polaris slingshot in Texas and Connecticut
The legalization of the Polaris slingshot motorcycles is questioned in some states because of simple technical issues. For a long time Texas had been one of the states that had a ban on these motorcycles. Just last year, the states motor vehicle laws did not allow the Polaris slingshot to be classified as car, nor a motorcycle. It couldn’t be a motorcycle because it had seats instead of a saddle and it lacked certain safety features needed to classify as a car.
However, on May 22nd, 2015 Governor Greg Abbot signed a bill that officially classifies the Polaris Slingshot as an auto-cycle. An auto-cycle is subject to the same requirements as a motorcycle. This also means that helmet laws will be in effect for anyone operating a three wheeled motorcycle. A motorcycle license will be required to drive a Polaris Slingshot. Texas isn’t the only state that has recently signed a bill of this nature.
On June 5th Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill that would legalize the operation of a Polaris Slingshot motorcycle, in the state of Connecticut. Governor Malloy’s new bill will take effect on July 1st, 2015. The bill states that you must have motorcycle license and wear a helmet at all times. Connecticut was one of “the last men standing”, when it came to legalizing three wheelers. With Connecticut now agreeing to pass the bill, it’s only a matter of time before it is legal in every state. The reason for illegality is nothing more than specification issues anyway.