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Lane Filtering

Effective May 14, 2019 all motorists may be affected by a new law called Lane Filtering. “Lane filtering” means, when operating a motorcycle other than an autocycle, the act of overtaking and passing another vehicle that is stopped in the same direction of travel in the same lane.

In other words – lane filtering refers to the process of a motorcyclist moving between two lanes to the front of traffic stopped at an intersection.

Drivers and riders will need to be aware of this new behavior and the specific circumstances under which it is permitted.

Watch this example of Lane Filtering created by the Layton PD.

MOTORCYCLES CAN ONLY LANE FILTER WHEN

SPEED LIMIT ON ROAD IS 45 MPH OR LESS
NEVER ON FREEWAYS


ROAD MUST HAVE 2 OR MORE ADJACENT TRAFFIC LANES IN THE SAME DIRECTION OF TRAVEL

MOTORCYCLES CAN ONLY LANE FILTER BETWEEN STOPPED VEHICLES

MOTORCYCLE SPEED CANNOT BE MORE THAN 15 MPH WHEN FILTERING

THE MOVEMENT MAY BE MADE SAFELY

WHAT DRIVERS NEED TO KNOW

  • Starting May 14, lane filtering between stopped vehicles on roadways with at least two (2) lanes in the same direction and speeds of 45 mph and lower will be legal in Utah.
  • Drivers can expect to see motorcyclists engaging in this new driving behavior.

WHAT RIDERS NEED TO KNOW

  • Lane filtering is a CHOICE. Riders do not have to lane filter.
  • Lane filtering can present unique safety challenges for riders – especially inexperienced riders.
  • If riders choose to lane filter, they should exercise extreme caution at all times.
  • All motorcycles or motor-driven cycles are permitted to lane filter.

Recent News Stories:

Riderz Foundation Meeting

At a Riderz Foundation meeting in March, UHP’s Sgt. Nick Street and Sgt. Donavan Lucas discussed the parameters of the lane filtering as well as some of the safety considerations riders should think about when they’re choosing to lane filter. This VIDEO includes a Q&A session.

Major roads that may be heavily impacted:

  • Salt Lake County
    • Foothill Blvd
    • State Street
    • 7th East
    • Redwood Road
  • Davis/Weber Counties
    • Parrish Lane
    • Antelope Drive
    • Park Lane
    • Riverdale Road
    • Harrison Blvd
    • Washington
  • Utah County
    • State Street
    • 1600 North Orem
    • 800 North Orem
    • Geneva Road