AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MOTORCYCLISTS WHEN TAKING CERTAIN ACTIONS.
Amends Article 2 of GS Chapter 36 by enacting new GS 136-18.06 prohibiting the Department of Transportation (DOT) from taking any action that discriminates, or has the effect of discriminating, against a motorcyclist. Defines action as formulating transportation policy, adopting rules, allocating funds, and planning, designing, constructing, equipping, operating, and maintaining transportation facilities. Also defines discriminates, and motorcyclist as they apply in the statute. Directs DOT, and any other owner or operator of a transportation facility funded in whole or in part by state or local funds, to make reasonable accommodations, as defined by the statute, for motorcycle parking at transportation facilities. Clarifies that nothing in the statute is be construed as requiring the structural or technological modification of parking structures constructed or substantially completed on or before July 1, 2016. Clarifies that nothing in this section is to be construed as altering or superseding any state or federal law that prohibits or imposes a requirement, or has the effect of prohibiting or imposing a requirement, that applies only to a motorcyclist.
Appropriates $10,000 from the Highway Fund to the Department of Transportation, in nonrecurring funds, for the 2016-17 fiscal year to fund costs incurred as a result of implementing this act.
Effective July 1, 2016.
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