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Autocycle Law 2016

A new law which took effect on Monday, July 25, 2016, created a new category of motorcycles, the autocycle.  The autocycle is a three-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride.  These vehicles typically have bucket seats, seat belts, a steering wheel, and gas and brake pedals similar to a car.  An autocycle is registered as a motorcycle.

The license required to operate an autocycle is unique in that you only need a Class C to operate the vehicle, a Class M is not needed.  It is important to note that you cannot take a driver’s test in an autocycle for either a Class C or Class M license.  The autocycle is considered a motorcycle (even though you do not need a motorcycle license to operate it) and thus does not meet the same standards as a Class C passenger vehicle. 

Since an autocycle is considered a motorcycle all other motorcycle laws, including the helmet law, do apply.  Some autocycle drivers will fall under the helmet law exemption (enclosed cab, 2 years of riding experience, PAMSP course).  The new law also requires that all passengers must be at least 8 years of age to ride in the autocycle.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s helmet law or other motorcycle safety questions, visit our motorcycle safety information center or PennDOT's safety page.