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State's motorcycle insurance law now in effect


Helmet? Check. Gloves? Check. Leathers? Check. At least $25,000 in auto liability insurance? Wait…what?!

For many years in Washington state, vehicles on the state’s roadways have been required to have and carry proof of a minimum amount of liability insurance, or proof of a bond in the same required amount. Motorcycles, however, have been exempt from the state’s mandatory auto liability insurance law. Until now, that is.

A law enacted by the state Legislature during the 2019 session eliminates the exemption for motorcycles, effective July 28.

“All state in the nation but one—New Hampshire—have laws requiring drivers to have a minimum amount of coverage to help pay the cost of...

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