2007 Florida Statutes
Florida Motorcycle Safety Education Program.
322.0255 Florida Motorcycle Safety Education Program.--
(2) The department shall establish and administer motorcycle safety courses. The department shall prescribe the curricula for such courses, which must include a minimum of 12 hours of instruction, at least 6 hours of which shall consist of actual motorcycle operation. The department may adopt or include courses, curricula, or materials developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or by other traffic safety groups determined to be comparable by the department.
(3) The department shall prescribe the qualifications for certification of instructors in the program. The department may include the qualifications specified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or by other traffic safety groups determined to be comparable by the department, and may recognize, for purposes of certification, instructor training provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or by other traffic safety groups determined to be comparable by the department, as fulfilling the department's training requirements.
(4) Every organization shall be approved by the department before it may conduct motorcycle safety courses. The department may enter into agreements with organizations to provide for such courses. Such agreements shall include provisions for compensation of the costs of conducting the courses. Students may be required to purchase insurance as required by the organization providing the course.
(5) The department shall, subject to the availability of funds, reimburse each organization that provides an approved motorcycle safety education course for each student who begins the on-cycle portion of the course. This shall include any student not required to attend a motorcycle safety education course prior to licensure as required in s. 322.12 The amount to be reimbursed per student to each course provider shall be determined by the department. In order to facilitate such determination, each course provider shall be required to submit proof satisfactory to the department of the expected cost per student to be incurred by such course provider. In no event shall the amount to be reimbursed per student to any course provider exceed the expected cost per student. In addition to the amount of any reimbursement, each course provider that conducts such a course may charge each student a tuition fee sufficient to defray the cost of conducting the course. The department shall fund the payments required under this subsection from the motorcycle safety education fee, as provided in ss. 320.08 and 322.025
(6) Each organization that provides an approved motorcycle safety course may charge a registration fee, not to exceed $20 per student. This fee must be refunded if the student completes the course. However, any student who registers for, and does not complete, the course must forfeit his or her registration fee. Forfeited fees may be retained by the organization that conducts the course.
(7) The department may adopt rules to implement this section.
(8) On and after January 1, 1989, every first-time applicant for licensure to operate a motorcycle who is under 21 years of age shall be required to complete a motorcycle education course as established pursuant to this section. Proof of completion of such education course shall be presented to the driver license examining office prior to such licensure to operate a motorcycle.
History.--s. 7, ch. 88-405; s. 393, ch. 95-148; s. 2, ch. 98-90.