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What are rules of the road for Autocycles?

In the interest of full disclosure, it was hard to decide whether to put this post under our motorcycle accident category or under the one selected -- car accidents. We suspect readers will appreciate the reason why.

The subject again today is the autocycle and the reality is that it's a bit hard to nail down exactly where this vehicle fits in the scheme of motor vehicle types. Autocycles are such a rare bird that we find it surprising that the Texas Department of Public Safety has even been able to come up with a whole set of frequently asked questions about them.

But DPS officials have done it, offering some pretty specific answers to questions that some of our readers might be interested in, so we share some of the data today.

We shared in our previous post that the state has provided a definition of the autocycle and the fact that it will be legal on the roads once registered as a motorcycle. But other questions that officials apparently have fielded center on safety equipment.

As we noted in the previous post helmets are required for drivers and passengers, though some might observe that the rule seems pretty easy to get around. Potential autocycle users apparently also have asked whether they will have to wear seat belts. Autocycles that are available on the market do carry them but because they are registered as motorcycles, officials say riders aren't required to use them -- though they probably should.

As far as rules of the road go, the state says the same standards laid out for motorcycles must be followed. And the law prohibits autocycles to carry children unless they're at least 5 years old.

One thing remains constant across the spectrum of vehicle types. If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a motoring accident due to someone else's negligence, legal action may be called for to hold that person accountable.

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