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Polaris Slingshot Not Allowed in Texas: Three-Wheeler Is Not a Motorcycle

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 03:22 PM

The new Polaris Slingshot reverse three-wheeler won’t be allowed as a street legal motorcycle in Texas.

According to Texas law, a motorcycle has a rider's saddle. The Slingshot car-motorcycle hybrid has two wheels in the front, one in the back, and two seats.

A Texas DMV spokesperson told Fox News that "in the interest of providing for the safe operation of motor vehicles in Texas with a thorough review of current laws, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has determined Texas statutes do not allow for the Polaris Slingshot to be titled or registered."



Polaris told dealers in a statement posted on Slingshotforums.com that the company is working with the state to resolve the issue, but until then the motorcycle won’t be shipped to dealers in Texas.

"Believe us when we say this is a VERY urgent matter and we are working to resolve it as quickly as possible," the statement said.

A resolution might require legislative action, Fox News noted.

Polaris could argue that the purpose of the Texas Transportation Code's motorcycle definition is to establish that a helmet is not needed when operating tractors and similar vehicles, Auto Evolution reported.

The Slingshot was initially approved in Texas, but that decision was overruled.

Twitter users expressed frustration at the designation.







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