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SECTION 410-A
Motorcycle safety program
Vehicle & Traffic (VAT) CHAPTER 71, TITLE 4, ARTICLE 15
§ 410-a. Motorcycle safety program. 1. The commissioner shall
establish and administer a motorcycle safety program which shall consist
of approved motorcycle rider training courses, motorcycle course
instructor training, program promotion, and public awareness. Approved
rider training courses shall meet nationally recognized standards for
motorcycle rider training courses, or standards for motorcycle rider
safety programs which are approved by the department and are comparable
to the standards of the motorcycle safety foundation's motorcycle rider
safety program. Approved courses shall include at least eight hours of
instruction in the actual operation of a motorcycle. Monies from the
motorcycle safety fund established pursuant to section ninety-two-g of
the state finance law shall be used for the establishment and
implementation of this program.

2. The commissioner shall issue a request for proposals for the
coordination of a motorcycle safety program which shall set requirements
for the preparation of bids. The commissioner shall enter into a
contract, for a period of five years, with a motorcycle rider training
coordinating organization selected pursuant to such process. The
contract shall be awarded following the consideration of factors which
shall include, but not be limited to, the most favorable financial
advantage for the state, the greatest utility to the motorcyclist, the
comprehensiveness and effectiveness of such organization and its
compatibility with the existing rider education programs. The motorcycle
rider training coordination organization shall be subject to periodic
reporting requirements established by the department outlining the
administration and effectiveness of its program and an itemization of
all motorcycle safety fund allocations. Such motorcycle rider training
coordinating organization shall have at least three years experience in
the administration of a statewide motorcycle rider education program,
and have as its administrator an individual who has no financial or
proprietary interest in a motorcycle training school or facility.

3. The motorcycle rider training coordinating organization shall
submit to the commissioner for approval requests for advances pursuant
to a contract and reimbursements from the motorcycle safety fund for
equipment, operating and administrative costs and other expenses
necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. The commissioner
shall approve all such requests for expenditures that are in accordance
with the provisions of this section.

4. The commissioner shall annually file a report on expenditures from
the motorcycle safety fund, established pursuant to section ninety-two-g
of the state finance law, with the legislature. Such report shall
include the name of the funded motorcycle rider training coordinating
organization and the amount of funds distributed to it and shall provide
an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the funded programs and
any recommendations for programmatic changes.