a. A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator. A passenger shall ride astride on a motorcycle only if the feet of that passenger rest firmly upon the footrests attached to the motorcycle as required by subsection b. of this section. A passenger on a motorcycle, whether riding astride or in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle, shall wear a securely fitted helmet of a size proper for that passenger as required under section 6 of P.L. 1967, c. 237 (C. 39:3-76.7).
A motorcycle operator who carries a passenger in violation of this subsection shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $100.00.
b. Motorcycles designed to carry more than one person shall be equipped with adequate footrests for each passenger. Seats and footrests shall be of a type approved by the director. Handholds shall be required only insofar as they are necessary to comply with federal regulations.
L. 1967, c. 237, s. 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1968. Amended by L. 1979, c. 57, s. 1, eff. March 27, 1979; L. 1985, c. 15, s. 1, eff. Jan. 23, 1985.