McCabe bill to streamline registration for snow bikes heard in House Transportation Committee

This week, the House Transportation Committee heard Rep. Gina McCabe's bill that would streamline registration requirements for snow bikes.

A snow bike is a motorcycle with a conversion kit installed, giving the motorcycle similar functionality to a snowmobile. Currently, snow bike owners are required to pay two registration fees  — one to ride the motorcycle on the road, and the other to use the motorcycle as a snowmobile — to the Department of Licensing.

House Bill 2975 would allow individuals to pay one $50 fee to register their motorcycles for both on-road use and as snow bikes.

Glenn Markovits, president of the Sno-Jammers Snowmobile Club in Puyallup, testified in favor of the bill Monday.

“Right now, we're utilizing these snow bikes…but we're not really doing it in a legal capacity,” he said. “We want to be legal. We want to be able to license them appropriately.”

McCabe, who got the bill idea from a member of the Yakima Ski-Benders snowmobile club, says the legislation promotes government efficiency and will help keep tourism dollars in Washington state.

“Not only would this bill streamline a redundant and unnecessary process, but it also makes economic sense,” said McCabe, R-Goldendale. “I've heard from members of the Washington State Snowmobile Association who are concerned that the lack of trail grooming funds is driving snowmobilers to recreate in other states.”

Under the bill, part of the registration fee funds would provide for trail maintenance, as well as safety, enforcement, and education programs.

The bill is scheduled for a vote in the House Transportation Committee Tuesday, Feb. 6.


Washington State House Republican Communications