With only one dissenting vote the state House approved legislation Tuesday allowing motorists to drive certain enclosed three-wheeled vehicles without having a motorcycle license.
SB 1201 is being pushed by Elio Motors which hopes to market such a vehicle here. While it's enclosed like a regular car and has a steering wheel, it is currently classified under Arizona law as a motorcycle, meaning would-be drivers need to take a separate test and get a special license.
The same measure also gives legal status to “quadricycles” – four-wheel pedal-driven bicycles which can accommodate up to 14 passengers. A Tucson-based company makes them and leases them out, with a driver, for parties and similar events.
Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley, voted against the measure because the law would permit the passengers, who also can pedal, to drink while driving around town. The measure needs final Senate approval before going to the governor.