Louisiana State Motorcycle Laws

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Safety Helmet

Required by law - (effective 8/15/04)

State Funded Rider Ed

Available for all eligible applicants

Eye Protection

Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

Daytime Use of Headlight

Modulating headlights permitted

Passenger Seat

Required if carrying a passenger

Passenger Footrest

Required if carrying a passenger

Passenger Age Restriction

Provides that a child at least five year of age or older is only authorized to be a passenger on a motorcycle if such child is properly seated on the motorcycle and such child is wearing a safety helmet.

Helmet Speakers

No Restrictions

Periodic Safety Inspection

Required by law

Mirror Left(L) Right(R)

One on left side required by law

Radar Detector

No Restriction

Turn Signals

Not required per RS LA Code, Section RS 32:306


No acoustical criteria.

Maximum Sound Level

No acoustical criteria.

State Insurance Requirements

Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(10/20/10)

Handlebar Height

Maximum of 15" above seat

Rider-Education Waiver

Skill Test

Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States


Accept RiderEd Completion Card From Other States


Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane

Yes. RS 32:191.1§191.1. - Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic A. All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This Subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.

Lane Splitting

RS 32:191.1 §191.1. Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic B. The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. C. No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

Lemon Law Coverage

Yes; Two references listed below: 1) Louisiana Lemon Law - RS51:1941 §1941. Definitions - RS 32:781 – (19) 2) RS51:1942 §1942. Manufacturer's duty to repair; nonconformity


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