Washington state motorcycle endorsement

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  • Inquiry sent July 7, 2018


    Good evening,
    We are going to be passing through Washington with our Polaris
    Slingshot, https://slingshot.polaris.com/en-us/, and I am curious if
    helmets are required in your state?


    Thanks,


    William Fyfe

    Received from the Washington State Police office on July 10, 2018


    Mr. Fyfe:
    A Slingshot is considered to be a motorcycle, therefore is required to wear a helmet.



    (Then it goes into recapping the regulations we all have read so many times before.)



    If you have any questions, please let me know.


    Thank you,
    WSP Equipment
    “Service With Humility”



    Bill

  • And the reply below was that helmets aren't needed!


    This subject was brought up on another thread a few days ago so I contacted the State Patrol. This response came today.

    Hello Ma’am, thank you for contacting the Washington State Patrol. The answer to your question is found in Revised Code of Washington (RCW) section 46.37.530 subsection (c). Based on the guidelines set forth in this subsection, an operator and passenger would not be required to wear a helmet while operating this motorcycle (defined in RCW 46.04.330 (2)). This is a result of the Slingshot including a steering wheel, seat belts, and a partially enclosed seating area. Depending on the model of the Slingshot, the use of goggles, or a face shield may be required if there is not a windshield present (RCW 46.37.530(b)). We appreciate your question, have a great rest of your day!


    I crossed an intersection in front of a Sheriff the other day and waited for the blue lights - nothing. Guess I'm willing to take my chances.

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