Alabama Motorcycle Laws

Alabama Helmet Law
Mandatory for all riders
Alabama Eye Protection Law
Not Required
Handlebar Height
Maximum of 15" above seat; Code of Ala. 32-5A-244(b)
Daytime Headlight
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Mirror 
One Required by law for all motor vehicles; Code of Ala. Section 32-5-214
Lane Splitting
Not Permitted Code of Ala. Section 32-5A-242(b),(c)
Loud Pipes 
Not Regulated
Seat For Passenger 
Required if carrying a passenger; Code of Ala. Section 32-5A-241
Passenger Footrest                                                             
Required  if carrying a passenger; Code of Ala. Section 32-5A-244(a)               
Turn Signals
Not Required

 

 

 

For Detailed Information go to:
Alabama Department of Transportation
Alabama Department of Motor Vehicles 
Alabama Department of Public Safety  
Alabama Motorcycle Operator Manual PDF  

(AL) Example Law Details:
Alabama Motorcycle Laws Detailed
Section 32-5A-245

Motorcycle Helmet and shoes mandatory for motorcycle riders; approval of headgear; responsibility for juvenile riders; sale of helmets.

(a) No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle unless he is wearing protective Motorcycle Helmet which complies with standards established by Section 32-12-41.

(b) No person may operate or ride upon a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle unless he is wearing shoes.

(c) This section does not apply to persons riding within an enclosed cab.

(d) The Director of Public Safety is hereby authorized to approve or disapprove protective headgear, and to issue and enforce regulations establishing standards and specifications for the approval thereof. The Director of Public Safety shall publish lists of all protective headgear which have been approved by him.

(e) No person shall knowingly permit or allow any juvenile for whom he or she is a parent or guardian to operate or ride upon a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle while not wearing a protective helmet of the kind authorized by Section 32-12-41.

(f) No person shall knowingly permit or allow any juvenile for whom he or she is a parent or guardian to operate or ride upon a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle while not wearing shoes.

(g) No manufacturer, retailer or other person shall sell or offer for sale motorcycle helmets that fail to comply with the standards established by the Director of Public Safety pursuant to this section.

(Acts 1980, No. 80-434, p. 604, §13-106.)

Alabama Motorcycle Eye Protection Law none required / Motorcycle Eyewear

Alabama Helmet Law
Section 32-12-41
The protective helmet / Motorcycle Helmet shall meet the following specifications:

(1) DESIGN. One which is specifically designed for motorcycle riders and motorcycle passenger use.

(2) EXTERIOR SHELL. A hard exterior shell of nonshatterable material, resistant to impact and penetration.

(3) CRADLE. A firmly secured shock absorbent cradle for the head designed to support the helmet and maintain separation between the head and outer shell. Materials used in this portion of protective helmet shall be of durable quality and with characteristics that will not undergo appreciable alteration under the influence of aging or of the circumstances of use to which the helmet is normally subjected. Materials commonly known to cause skin irritation or disease shall not be used for these parts of the assembly which come in contact with the skin.

(4) PADDING. Impact-resistant, absorbent padding or cushioning material of substantial thickness in all areas where the head is in close proximity with or may contact the outer shell.

(5) CHIN STRAP. A permanently attached adjustable chin strap that will hold the helmet securely in place. A rider must at all times, while a motorized vehicle is in motion, have a chin strap firmly in place on or under the chin.

(6) VISOR. Not required, but, if the helmet is so equipped, the visor must be flexible or of a snap on type; however, no external projections shall be more than one-quarter inch above surface of the exterior shell.

(Acts 1967, Ex. Sess., No. 171, p. 218, §2.)

 

 

 

BIKERZWORLD.COM list the Motorcycle Laws that have the best chance of being enforced by State and Local Authorities such as Alabama Helmet Law and Alabama Eye Protection Law. The above information must not be construed as a complete list of all the State of Alabama Motorcycle Laws as they are reviewed annually by the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and are subject to addition or modification.  If you have been issued a citation for violation of any Motorcycle Laws in this state seek advice and or representation from a licensed Alabama Traffic Attorney specializing in Alabama Motorcyclists Rights .