2010 Maryland Code
TRANSPORTATION
TITLE 21 - VEHICLE LAWS - RULES OF THE ROAD
Subtitle 13 - Operation of Motorcycles
Section 21-1302 - Riding on motorcycles.

§ 21-1302. Riding on motorcycles.
 

(a)  Required seating.- The operator of a motorcycle may ride the motorcycle only on the permanent and regular seat attached to it. 

(b)  Restrictions on carrying other persons - Operator.- The operator of a motorcycle may not carry any other person unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride on the permanent and regular seat, if designed for two persons, or on another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator. 

(c)  Restrictions on carrying other persons - Person other than operator.- A person other than the operator of a motorcycle may not ride on a motorcycle unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride on the permanent and regular seat, if designed for 2 persons, or on another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator. 

(d)  Riding position.- A person may ride on a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle. 

(e)  Transporting articles.- A person may not operate a motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle, or other article that prevents him from keeping both hands on the handlebars. 

(f)  Transporting persons.- The operator of a motorcycle may not carry any person in a position that interferes with the operation or control of the motorcycle or the view of the operator. 

(g)  Passengers riding in position interfering with operation.- A person other than the operator of a motorcycle may not ride in a position that interferes with the operation or control of the motorcycle or the view of the operator. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 661/2, § 11-1302; 1977, ch. 14, § 2; 1986, ch. 472, § 1.] 
 

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