|Date Requested:January 14, 2010
Time Requested:12:44 PM
| FUND(S) |
Road Fund Motorcycle Safety Fund
Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
| The purpose of this bill is to provide a motorcycle helmet exemption to motorcyclists who meet certain safety and health insurance requirements. The bill sets age, experience, safety training and health insurance requirements for motorcycle operators to qualify for a helmet exemption.
The bill requires that a motorcycle operator to have the helmet exemption must be at least 21 years of age and has held a motorcycle operator’s license or endorsement for 2 years or completed a motorcycle safety training class. The motorcycle operator must also have health insurance with $10,000 in medical benefits.
A grandfather clause in the bill allows for those motorcycle operators who are 21 years of age and over and holds either a motorcycle license or endorsement on or before June 30, 2009 to qualify for the helmet exemption as long as they meet the health insurance requirement.
The Division of Motor Vehicles’ Annual Report for FY 2009 shows 48,533 registered motorcycles in West Virginia. The Division’s Motorcycle Safety Program estimates that about 10,000 of those individuals who own motorcycles will opt to be grandfathered in to the helmet exemption.
The Motorcycle Safety Coordinator estimates that an additional 750 individuals will enroll each year in the motorcycle safety classes in order to receive the exemption. To cover the cost of the additional enrollees, this bill increases the motorcycle safety fee attached to the Class G motorcycle registration fee from $6.50 to $10. The revenue collected is deposited to the Motorcycle Safety Special Revenue Account.
To offset the cost of issuing the helmet exemption sticker this bill authorizes a $5 fee to be collected for each sticker. The sticker will expire 2 years after being issued. Revenue collected from the sticker will be deposited to the Road Fund.
The Division estimates the cost to issue the sticker to be approximately $30,000 the first year and an estimated $16,600 each year thereafter. Revenue generated from the sale of the sticker would be $53,750 the first year and $3,750 the second year.
Annual increase in the collection of Motorcycle Safety fees would be $169,500. For each student attending the Motorcycle Safety Classes the State pays $95 per student. 750 additional students per year would cost $71,250.
|Effect of Proposal||Fiscal Year|
|1. Estmated Total Cost||100,860||100,860||89,860|
|Repairs and Alterations||0||0||0|
|2. Estimated Total Revenues||223,615||223,615||173,615|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
REVENUES FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR
Sticker Fee $ 5.00 $ 5.00
Stickers sold during
grandfathering period 10,000 10,000
Estimated sales during the year 750 750
REVENUE FROM STICKERS $ 53,750 $ 3,750
COST TO ISSUE HELMET
EXEMPTION STICKER FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR
Personal Services $ 8,000 $ 8,000
Benefits $ 3,360 $ 3,360
Sticker 25,000 x .55@ $ 13,750 $ 2,750
Printed Material $ 2,000 $ 2,000
Administrative Cost $ 2,500 $ 2,500
TOTAL COST $ 29,610 $ 16,610
REVENUE FROM INCREASE
IN MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FEE
Increase in the fee $ 3.50
Number of Registrations 48,533
INCREASED REVENUE $ 169,865.50
COST FOR INCREASED ENROLLMENT
IN MOTORCYCLE SAFETY CLASS
Estimated Increase in Enrollees 750
State’s cost per enrollee $ 95.00
TOTAL COST $ 71,250