A Rider's Rights

Active & Adventurous - Motorcycle Mania

It is biker hibernation time, again. Wow! Did the cold weather get here fast or what? But no worries, it will get warm in five months so in the meantime weatherproof your bike, put up your gear and consider this . . . do you know the laws pertaining to motorcycles? Most of us do not, therefore now is as good a time as any to become familiar with them.

You may be surprised by what is on the books. For example, mounting your license plate vertically where it is still clearly visible (not bent or obscurely covered) from the rear is not a violation but there are law enforcers who consider vertical plates an infringement. This is where learning your rights as a rider comes in handy and Richmond is lucky enough to have a team of lawyers who specialize in knowing motorcycle statutes. Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group’s passion for motorcycling is apparent. Known as “The Firm That Rides” these attorneys devote themselves to guarding the rights of Virginia motorcyclists. Tom McGrath’s active involvement with and for the motorcycle community benefits both police officers and riders. Afterall, police officers ride too. If you are anything like me, I always gawk at motorcycle cops. Now according to Mr. McGrath, if you do mount your license plate vertically and receive a citation for doing so, he invites you to contact him at 1-800-321-8968 or matt@motorcyclelawgroup.com. His office will be more than happy to discuss the matter with you, as he put it, “free of charge”.

Visit www.motorcyclevirginia.com/home.aspx and read statutes concerning motorcycle laws in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. If you would like to reach Marie to talk about this article or suggest future editorials, send an email to mjcammo@yahoo.com or join her on Facebook, search words Mc Payne.



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Marie Cammock Payne

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