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Subject 375-7-4 SAFETY PROGRAM

Rule 375-7-4-.01 Organization

The Motorcycle Safety Program shall be administered by the Director of the Regulatory Compliance Division of the Department of Driver Services and is composed of a program administrator and such additional staff as the Commissioner deems necessary for the efficient operation of the Program.

Rule 375-7-4-.02 Motorcycle Safety Program - Scope

(1) The purpose of this Chapter is to establish minimal requirements for the Motorcycle Safety Program, thus improving the safety of motorcyclists through rider education and training and a comprehensive public awareness effort that will ultimately benefit all highway users.
(2) The scope of this Chapter is to include all persons and organizations involved in motorcycle rider training and education within the State.
(3) The provisions of Chapter 13 of Title 43, and the rules and regulations of the Department of Driver Services governing driver training schools, apply to all persons other than employees and sponsors of the Department of Driver Services providing training to motorcyclists.

Rule 375-7-4-.03 Motorcycle Safety Program - Definitions

(1) Motorcycle Safety Program - the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program authorized by Chapter 15 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.
(2) Program Administrator - the employee of the Department responsible for administration of the Motorcycle Safety Program.
(3) Approved Program - series of courses or classes, for both beginner and experienced riders, adopted, approved, or developed by the Motorcycle Safety Program.
(4) Sponsor - an individual, partnership, corporation, association, civic group, club, county, municipality, board of education, school, or college which shall teach or give instruction in the Motorcycle Safety Program pursuant to a contract with the Department. Sponsors are not agents or employees of the department. Sponsors conduct courses using only the approved curriculum and follow the Sponsor Program Certification Manual.
(5) Coach Trainer - any individual, approved by the Program Administrator, who conducts Coach Preparation courses, updates, technical functions, training and evaluations, and performs other necessary tasks as assigned by the Program Administrator.
(6) Coach - an individual, approved by the Program Administrator, who teaches or gives instruction of approved basic and experienced courses, assists in Coach Preparation courses or performs other necessary tasks as assigned by the Program Administrator. Coaches follow the Rider Coach Certification Manual.
(7) Suspension - the temporary withdrawal, annulment or termination by formal action by the Department of the certification of a Sponsor, Coach Trainer, or Coach, for a period specifically designated by the Department.
(8) Certification - credential issued to a person or organization that has met the minimum qualifications of Sponsor, Coach Trainer, or Coach.
(9) Training site - the actual classroom, range, and storage facilities used in the conducting of rider education and training classes.
(10) License Test Waiver - a credential issued to a student successfully completing an approved training course that expires ninety (90) days from the date of issue and exempts the student from the motorcycle written test and skills test as performed at a Department customer service center.
(11) Coach candidate - any person that has made application and has been accepted for a Coach Preparation course.
(12) Coach Trainer candidate - any person that has made application and has been accepted for an approved Coach Trainer course deemed as such by the Program Administrator.
(13) Range - the paved area used for on-cycle training as approved by the Program Administrator.
(14) Revocation - annulment or termination by formal action of the Department of the approval or certification of a Sponsor, Coach Trainer, or Coach; such revocation shall not be subject to reinstatement or renewal.
(15) Rider Coach Certification Manual - a manual outlining the parameters that GMSP-certified Coaches must follow.
(16) Sponsor Program Certification Manual - a manual outlining the parameters that private sponsors must follow.
(17) Student - any person enrolling in a motorcycle rider education course.
(18) Satisfactory Driving History - a satisfactory driving history is defined as containing no more than three (3) convictions for moving traffic violations as provided in O.C.G.A. § 40-5-56 within the last three (3) years; no unresolved license suspensions imposed pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 40-5-56 for failure to appear; no suspensions imposed pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 40-5-63 or 40-5-67.1 within the last five (5) years; and no habitual violator revocations pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 40-5-58 For purposes of this regulation, conviction shall be defined as set forth in O.C.G.A. §§ 40-5-2 and 40-5-142.
(19) Criminal History - criminal history is satisfactory if it contains no convictions for any felony or any crime involving violence, dishonesty, deceit, fraud, indecency, or moral turpitude. For purposes of this regulation, conviction shall be defined as set forth in O.C.G.A. §§ 40-5-2 and 40-5-142.

Rule 375-7-4-.04 Motorcycle Safety Program - Advisory Committee Standards

(1) The Advisory Committee shall be composed of seven (7) members, at least three (3) of whom shall be active motorcycle riders possessing a valid Class M Georgia driver's license.
(2) The Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity and assist in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Motorcycle Safety Program. The Committee shall make recommendations as to the criteria for certification of Instructors, certification of program sponsors, course content and curricula, approval of course completion requirements, and provide advice as to the issuance of rules and regulations governing the Motorcycle Safety Program.
(3) The members of the Committee shall be recommended by the Program Administrator, approved by the Commissioner, and appointed by the Division Director for Regulatory Compliance.
(4) Appointees to the Committee shall include:
(a) A motorcycle dealer licensed in Georgia, a representative of a motorcycle manufacturer, or a representative of a dealer or manufacturer association or similar group within Georgia;
(b) A peace officer holding valid certification from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and a valid Class M Georgia driver's license who is active in highway safety;
(c) An educator currently employed by a recognized school district or educational institution in Georgia;
(d) A public member who shall be a member of the general, non-motorcycling public who has legal residence in Georgia;
(e) An active Georgia motorcyclist with a Class M License;
(f) An incumbent officer of a non-profit motorcycle organization that actively supports and promotes motorcycle rider education and safety; and
(g) The Program Administrator, whom also shall chair the committee.
(5) The Division Director for Regulatory Compliance shall not appoint any person for whom participation in the Advisory Committee would pose an actual, potential, or apparent conflict of interest due to the existence of a fiduciary duty or any other relationship that would place the Appointee in a position to exert undue influence, exploit, or take undue advantage of his or her position on the Advisory Committee.
(6) All appointees shall have and maintain a satisfactory criminal history and driving history. An appointee's criminal history is satisfactory if it contains no convictions for any felony or any crime involving violence, dishonesty, deceit, fraud, indecency, or moral turpitude. A satisfactory driving history is defined as containing no more than three (3) convictions for moving traffic violations as provided in O.C.G.A. § 40-5-56 within the last three (3) years; no unresolved license suspensions imposed pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 40-5-56 for failure to appear; no suspensions imposed pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 40-5-63 or 40-5-67.1 within the last five (5) years; and no habitual violator revocations pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 40-5-58. Each appointee may be subject to annual checks of their criminal and driving histories. For purposes of this regulation, conviction shall be defined as set forth in O.C.G.A. §§ 40-5-2 and 40-5-142.
(7) Committee members' office terms:
(a) With the exception of the Program Administrator and as set forth in paragraph (c), infra, the term of office for Committee members shall be two (2) years;
(b) Appointments shall become effective on July 1 and end on June 30, two (2) years later;
(c) In order to stagger the terms of the members, the first terms for members appointed pursuant to paragraphs (a), (c), and (e) of subsection (4) following the 2009 revision of this regulation shall be for one (1) year; and
(d) Any member may be removed, in the discretion of the Department, for any reason and at any time.
(8) The Advisory Committee shall meet quarterly or at the call of the Program Administrator.
(9) Advisory Committee members shall not receive any remuneration or reimbursement for their participation on the Committee.

Rule 375-7-4-.05 Motorcycle Safety Program - Coach Trainer Qualifications

(1) Coach Trainers shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
(a) Maintain all qualifications that pertain to Coaches;
(b) successfully complete an approved Coach Trainer course;
(c) be available to conduct Coach Preparation courses, technical functions, teach both approved courses, and maintain certification;
(d) have an acceptable conclusion to the results obtained by the Department's standard background check, and;
(e) maintain a satisfactory driving record.
(2) The Coach Trainer's certification will expire three (3) years from the date of issuance.
(3) Requests for renewal must be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the date of expiration.
(4) Coach Trainers allowing their certification to expire will not be permitted to instruct in the Motorcycle Safety Program and shall have to requalify and retrain for a new certification under the then current requirements for an initial applicant.
(5) The Department may revoke or suspend a Coach Trainer's certification if it becomes aware of violations of any qualifications, laws, rules and regulations, or falsification of documents.
(6) A Coach Trainer whose certification has been revoked or suspended may request a hearing in accordance with Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 375-1-1-.06.
(7) A revoked or suspended Coach Trainer certification must be documented by the Department.
(8) All Coach Trainer candidates shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
(a) possess, for at least four (4) years prior to making application, a Georgia Class M License/Endorsement or other state's equivalent to same license;
(b) be a certified Coach for at least two (2) years and have taught a minimum of six (6) basic rider courses, and;
(c) make application and be accepted into an approved Coach Trainer course.
(d) successfully complete a Department background check.

Rule 375-7-4-.06 Motorcycle Safety Program - Coach Qualifications

(1) All Coaches shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
(a) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
(b) Possess a high school diploma or equivalent GED;
(c) Successfully complete a Department background check commensurate to the requirements found in O.C.G.A. § 43-13-5;
(d) Successfully complete an approved Coach Preparation course;
(e) Agree to teach only approved courses;
(f) Maintain Coach certification;
(g) Enroll in and complete approved Coach refresher courses, updates, professional development workshops, and conferences when offered;
(h) Always wear proper protective riding apparel when riding which consists of: a DOT-approved helmet, eye protection (face shield or goggles), gloves (no fingerless), boots (over-the-ankle footwear; not cloth or canvas), long-sleeved shirt or jacket and long non-flared pants (made of denim or equivalent abrasive resistant materials).
(i) Have and maintain a satisfactory criminal history and driving history.
(j) Apply for recertification within thirty (30) days of expiration date of certification period;
(k) Currently operate a motorcycle and possess a valid Georgia Class M License;
(l) Agree to teach only approved training courses in conformance with the most current curricula guidelines as per the Rider Coach Certification Manual;
(m) Keep up to date on current motorcycle safety instruction and information;
(n) Maintain teaching skills by teaching a minimum number of courses each year as per the Rider Coach Certification Manual;
(o) Keep the Motorcycle Safety Program informed of any address changes and return all Coach surveys and inquiries promptly;
(p) Exhibit professional conduct and appearance that would be an example for all motorcyclists to respect, admire, and emulate; and
(q) Provide express authorization for the release of a driving record at any time deemed necessary by the Program Administrator.
(2) All Coach candidates shall meet the following minimum qualifications:
(a) Make necessary application and be accepted by the Motorcycle Safety program into a Coach Preparation course;
(b) Successfully complete a basic rider course;
(c) Successfully complete a teaching internship of at least, but not limited to, two (2) training courses as directed by the Program Administrator or designated staff;
(d) Have possessed for at least two (2) years prior to making application, a Georgia Class M License or equivalent from another state; and
(e) Regularly operate a street legal, registered motorcycle that complies with applicable vehicle laws and codes.
(3) The Coach's certificate will expire one (1) year from the date of issuance.
(4) Coaches allowing their certificates to expire will not be permitted to instruct and shall be required to requalify and retrain for a new certificate under the then current requirements for an initial applicant.
(5) The Department may revoke or suspend a Coach's certification if it becomes aware of any violations of qualifications, laws, rules and regulations, or falsification of documents.
(6) A suspended Coach may request a hearing in accordance with Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 375-1-1-.06.
(7) A revoked or suspended Coach's certificate must be returned to the Department.
(8) A Lead Coach has responsibility for the overall operation of a specific course which includes but is not limited to the following: conducting all classroom and range sessions; supervising the other Coaches and/or range aides; ensuring that protective apparel is worn during all on-cycle training; securing all equipment and materials at the close of each class; and, checking all forms submitted for completeness and accuracy.
(9) A secondary Coach works under the supervision of a Lead Coach and duties include but are not limited to: demonstrating range exercises as directed; conducting remedial training as required; and assisting the Lead Coach in conducting the class as per the Rider Coach Certification Manual.
(10) A range aide works under the direction of either the Lead or secondary Coach in non-instructional roles. Duties include but are not limited to: preparation and maintenance of motorcycles, preparation of range and preparation of classroom.
(11) Under no circumstances will a range aide's duties include any form of classroom or range instruction unless the range aid is a Motorcycle Safety Program-certified Coach.

Rule 375-7-4-.07 Motorcycle Safety Program - Certified Private Sponsor Requirements

(1) All Sponsors shall meet the following minimum requirements:
(a) any individual or organization seeking approval to teach or offer instruction in motorcycle rider education and training on behalf of the Department shall make application at least thirty (30) days prior to course offering and shall not commence the course until receiving certification;
(b) sponsor certification will expire two (2) years from the date of issuance;
(c) sponsor must apply for recertification within ninety (90) days of expiration date of certification period;
(d) only Motorcycle Safety Program-certified Coach Trainers and Coaches will be used to conduct motorcycle rider education and training courses;
(e) use only approved curricula in accordance with the Rider Coach Certification Manual and/or Sponsor Program Certification Manual;
(f) maintain accurate records of student participation, accident and incident reports and make same available for inspection at all times;
(g) make sure that all students, Coaches, and training motorcycles are covered by insurance during all training sessions;
(h) submit all required documentation as set out in the Sponsor Program Certification Manual;
(i) shall designate an individual as site manager or site administrator who shall be responsible for, but not limited to: ensuring all persons enrolling meet eligibility requirements and are properly registered; recordkeeping; managing site; reporting, supervising all instructional personnel and overseeing the operation of the program;
(j) monitoring will be conducted by Program Administrator and other persons authorized by the Motorcycle Safety Program to make audits and visits; and
(k) Coach and student course evaluations will be provided and submitted after each course to the Motorcycle Safety Program without alteration or abridgement.
(2) Sponsor applications will be considered on the basis of the ability to train sufficient numbers of students and prevention of the unnecessary duplication of the provision of rider education courses.
(3) A Sponsor found in violation of any requirements, laws, rules and regulations, or falsification of documents will be subject to suspension.
(4) A suspended Sponsor may appeal to the Department for a hearing in accordance with Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 375-1-1-.06.
(5) Adequate insurance must be obtained by Sponsors to protect both the State, the Sponsor, all instructional personnel, students, and training motorcycles.
(6) Each registered student must complete a Release, Waiver, and Indemnification form approved by the Motorcycle Safety Program which releases the State, the Sponsor, and all persons and organizations involved in the training program from any loss, costs, claim and/or damage arising out of participation in any course.
(7) The Sponsor will, to the satisfaction of the Motorcycle Safety Program, carry insurance for all phases of training in the following categories, but not limited to:
(a) medical;
(b) comprehensive and collision; and
(c) bodily injury and property damage liability.
(8) The insurance supplier and coverage limits must be approved by the Department.
(9) The Sponsor must file with the Motorcycle Safety Program, prior to the start of any classes, a certificate of insurance or letter verifying insurance fully executed by the insurance company.
(10) It must be understood by the insurance company that the Motorcycle Safety Program must be given written notification of policy cancellation at least thirty (30) days prior to any such action.
(11) The insurance provided by the Sponsor will be the primary coverage and the insurance company so notified.
(12) Reporting by the Sponsor shall include but not be limited to:
(a) class schedules;
(b) registration information;
(c) accident/incident report forms; and
(d) other reports as set in the Sponsor Specifications.
(13) The Sponsor is responsible for completing and submitting any reports required by other public or private sector agencies or any individuals as a result of accident or incident of theft, vandalism, damage or injury to training personnel, students, and equipment. Copies of any such reports shall be forwarded to the Motorcycle Safety Program Office immediately.
(14) Sponsors who wish to provide motorcycle safety training in addition to courses approved by the Motorcycle Safety Program must comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements for licensure as a driver training school.
(15) Any items provided the Sponsor are property of the State of Georgia and will be returned to the Motorcycle Safety Program in the event the Sponsor discontinues course offerings or is suspended.
(16) All materials and equipment supplied to Sponsors will be maintained on inventory and a copy provided and kept on file in the Motorcycle Safety Program Office.
(17) Supply of materials and equipment shall lie in the sound discretion of the Department and shall further be contingent upon the availability of funding for this purpose.
(18) Certified Sponsors must enter into a contractual agreement with the Department.

Rule 375-7-4-.08 Repealed

Rule 375-7-4-.09 Motorcycle Safety Program - Acceptance of Documentation from Equivalent Military Programs

Any current or former military service member or dependent thereof who presents documentation of completion of motorcycle training, taken within five (5) years of applying for a military waiver and offered by the United States Department of Defense or a branch of the United States military during such military service that is equivalent to the training offered the Basic Rider Course or the Basic Rider II Course, shall be eligible for issuance of a Class M driver's license without being subject to a knowledge test or skills testing as if he or she had completed a class offered by the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program.

Rule 375-7-4-.10 Motorcycle Safety Program - Coach Preparation Course

(1) All Coach Preparation courses shall be conducted by the Program Administrator, designated Motorcycle Safety Program Staff, or an approved, qualified contractor.
(2) All training sites will be responsible for Coach candidate selection subject to approval of the Program Administrator.

Rule 375-7-4-.11 Motorcycle Safety Program - Minimum Student Enrollment Requirements

(1) All students must be registered and meet the following minimum requirements:
(a) complete student registration form;
(b) complete release, waiver, and indemnification form;
(c) be at least sixteen (16) years of age;
(d) obtain parental/guardian permission if under eighteen (18) years of age;
(e) make payment of student registration fee;
(f) be a legal resident of Georgia, as defined in O.C.G.A. § 40-5-1(15); a nonresident on active duty in the Armed Forces stationed in Georgia, or such person's spouse or children; a nonresident student at a college, university, or school in Georgia, or such person's spouse or children; and
(g) possess at least a Georgia Motorcycle Learner's Permit, or a valid Class C driver's license (or out-of-state equivalent), or a Class M license/endorsement.
(2) Other approved courses may require additional requirements are met as presented in the Rider Coach Certification Manual and/or Sponsor Program Certification Manual.
(3) A person wishing to enroll in rider training and education classes that does not reside in the State must pay the out-of-state fee as published on the MSP online registration system.
(4) Classes can be cancelled due to enrollment restrictions, inclement weather conditions, Coach unavailability, mechanical failure/breakdown, or some unforeseen event.

Rule 375-7-4-.12 Repealed

Rule 375-7-4-.13 Motorcycle Safety Program - Course Fees and Charges

(1) All fees and charges are non-refundable with the following exceptions:
(a) the course is full (fee can be applied towards a future class if student desires);
(b) the course is cancelled; or
(c) the registrant gives notice of withdrawal fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the start of the course.
(2) The Commissioner shall, in his or her discretion, set fees and charges for students enrolling in the Department's courses and may establish higher fees for nonresidents.

Rule 375-7-4-.14 Motorcycle Safety Program - Curricula and Delivery Standards

(1) Only certified Coach Trainers and Coaches can teach in approved programs.
(2) Training may be conducted in any calendar year.
(3) Only certified Coaches can issue a license waiver to those students they have personally trained.
(4) Each student enrolled in a license waiver Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) shall be required to use their own personal motorcycle for on-cycle instruction (subject to passing safety inspection prior to course beginning).
(5) No motorcycle with a defect which could impair handling or control will be permitted into training programs or courses.
(6) Off-road motorcycles or extensively modified "choppers" (handlebars more than fifteen (15) inches above seat, rake exceeding thirty-seven (37) degrees and trail exceeding eight (8) inches) will not be permitted into training program or courses.
(7) Students and instructional personnel will be required to wear all protective riding apparel during any and all on-cycle training.
(8) Minimal instruction for the basic license waiver course will commence in proper sequence and in accordance with the current Rider Coach Certification Manual, Sponsor Program Certification Manual, or as directed by the Program Administrator.
(9) In order to successfully complete a basic license waiver course, students must meet the Motorcycle Safety Program standards for passing scores on a knowledge evaluation, a riding skills evaluation, and attend all classroom and range training sessions.
(10) Minimal instruction for the license waiver BRC2 will commence in proper sequence and in accordance with the current Rider Coach Certification Manual, Sponsor Program Certification Manual, or as directed by the Program Administrator.
(11) In order to successfully complete a license waiver BRC2, students must attend all classroom and on-cycle training sessions and obtain a passing score on a knowledge evaluation and a riding skills evaluation.
(12) Rates of pay for Coaches shall be established annually by each certified Sponsor Program, including the Department.
(13) Any deviations of established pay scales must be approved by the Program Administrator prior to the beginning of any class offerings. In the absence of such approval, sponsors shall compensate their instructors in accordance with the requirements of this Chapter.

Rule 375-7-4-.15 Motorcycle Safety Program - Public Awareness and Promotion

(1) The Motorcycle Safety Program is authorized to implement a public information program publicizing the availability of rider education courses as approved by the Commissioner.
(2) This program may include, but not be limited to:
(a) direct mailings;
(b) paid advertisements;
(c) participation in trade shows and rallies;
(d) public service announcements;
(e) presentations;
(f) press releases, articles, and other written marketing material; and
(g) printed marketing material such as flyers, posters and business cards.
(3) The Motorcycle Safety Program, as approved by the Commissioner, is authorized to solicit other interested parties to be involved in various promotional activities that will reach the public for the purpose of publicizing the availability of rider education courses and safe riding practices.
(4) The Motorcycle Safety Program, as approved by the Commissioner, is authorized to provide the general motoring public with "Sharing the Roadway" messages and other similar safety messages through, but not limited to:
(a) radio messages and interviews;
(b) television messages and interviews;
(c) newspaper and magazine articles;
(d) public service announcements; and
(e) annual participation in a formal motorcycle safety and awareness month.
(5) The Motorcycle Safety Program, as approved by the Commissioner, is authorized to request the Georgia State Patrol, Governor's Office of Highway Safety, and other state and private agencies, to support all motorcycle safety promotional efforts.

Rule 375-7-4-.16 Motorcycle Safety Program - Motorcycle Licensing

(1) Motorcycle license applicants who have successfully completed the Department of Driver Services sponsored license waiver course will only be required to pass the vision examination, if applicable, and submit the appropriate licensing fee in order to receive a motorcycle license.
(2) In order to successfully complete the license waiver course, students must attend all scheduled course sessions and make a passing score on both the knowledge evaluation and the riding skills evaluation. Students not obtaining a passing score will not be eligible for a license waiver. If the student wants the license waiver, they will be required to retake the entire course.
(3) Students successfully completing the prescribed Department of Driver Services course will have ninety (90) calendar days maximum, from date of course completion, to apply for their license.