Indiana ABATE Founder Takes An Off Ramp From The BMV

Dec 30, 2014

Jay Jackson says he's unhappy the state sometimes charges teens and veterans more to become motorcycle certified.
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The state’s longstanding contract with the group Indiana ABATE to provide motorcycle safety training is set to lapse – because ABATE no longer wants to abide some of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' practices.

Executive Director Jay Jackson says he disagrees with charging unlicensed drivers – many of whom are veterans or teenagers – more (almost $200) to take the safety course than other drivers are charged (about $75).

The state will instead contract with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Jackson says ABATE will reconfigure its practices to create a new curriculum of the group’s own design.