Lane Sharing – DMV and CHP remove guidelines

Lane Sharing Guidelines Taken Down

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) previously took down their recommendations for lane sharing safely. Now the California Department of of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has done the same.

This does not mean that lane sharing, or lane “splitting,” can not be done safely, but it does mean that these departments want to be careful about encouraging an activity that may be difficult to do safely.

Lane splitting language will not be included in the 2015 Driver’s Handbook, and is off their website.  In it’s place is a notice that a complaint was filed to the Office of Administrative Law on the grounds that there is no formal rule making process for lane sharing recommendations, therefore should not be published by the CHP or DMV Link to DMV page.

All that remainds is few general safety reminders, including

  • Watch your speed—a motorcycle collision is highly likely to cause injury or death
  • Assume people in cars do not see you.
  • Avoid blind spots in other vehicles, particularly large trucks

Where to go Now for Safety Guidelines?

You can still download the 2015 Motorcycle handbook  here, click to directly download PDF from DMV site, which still contains the lane splitting recommendations.

Refer to the other lane sharing and land splitting posts in this blog.


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