Polaris Slingshot No Longer a Motorcycle in Mississippi

Magnolia State joins list of US states that have created a special qualification for three-wheelers

Mississippi has joined the growing list of states to have reclassified its driving requirements for vehicles like the Polaris Slingshot.

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Not a car but definitely not a motorcycle, the Slingshot was originally classified as the latter for the sake of circumnavigating certain regulations usually applied to the former. In recent years, however, Polaris and other manufacturers have worked with states to develop the “autocycle” qualification, which typically does not require an additional endorsement beyond the standard driver’s license. However, Mississippians will still need to abide by the state’s helmet laws.

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Although the Slingshot remains a motorcycle in the eyes of the US federal government, some 43 states have made the law change. Driving requirements for Slingshots in Mississippi will officially transition to autocycle on July 1, 2018.

“This bill is a win-win.” said Mississippi Sen. Walter Michel. “The reclassification makes it easier for Mississippians to buy and ride these exciting, innovative vehicles and will also make it easier for the small businesses who sell them to expand and create jobs.”

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Polaris says its ultimate goal is to attain uniformity across the United States in terms of the law.

“Since introducing the one-of-a-kind Slingshot in 2014, we have partnered with state officials to properly classify the operating requirements to a standard driver’s license,” said Josh Fulkerson, Slingshot senior director. “We continue to work diligently on converting the remaining states.”