‘Lane Filtering’ Now Legal in Utah: Second State Behind CaliforniaLast month, the Utah House of Representatives voted 54 to 12 to endorse HB149, a bill that would legalize lane splitting – or as its referred to in the bill, “lane filtering.”This bill went to Senate for consideration, and was passed March 21. Utah is now the second state behind California to allow motorcyclists to “filter” through stopped traffic.
The bill does not allow lane filtering on freeways, and only on roads where the posted speed limit of 45 mph or less. Also, the motorcycle can only filter through stopped traffic at 15 mph or less – different from California’s lane splitting law that allows riders to pass moving traffic.The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Walt Brooks, R-St. George, whom the Salt Lake Tribune reported was rear-ended twice. The Salt Lake Tribune also reported that between 2011 and 2017, there were 1,288 incidents of a motorcycle getting rear-ended in Utah.The Utah Lane Filtering Bill HB149 provides the following provisions for a motorcyclist overtaking another vehicle:
- Overtake vehicle in the same direction
- Give right of way to overtaking vehicle
- Be on a roadway with a speed limit of 45 mph or less
- Overtaken vehicle must be stopped
- Motorcyclist must travel at 15 mph or less
- Movement must be made safely