How might the motorcycle chariot's of 1930's Australia fit into today's Florida motor vehicle statutes? Specifically, could I legally drive one on the streets while operating it from the chariot?

My thinking is it would be classified as a motor vehicle and not a motorcycle, all controls would need to be operable from the chariot, the chariot would need applicable brake/turn signals, and I could probably skirt the safety belt laws since the operator would not be in the front seat.

motorcycle chariot races

Photo courtesy of National File and Sound Archive of Australia and they are in the video at the 0:54 mark.

  • Florida man arrested for racing illegal motorcycle chariot.
    – Unfair-Ban
    Feb 21 at 12:11

It wouldn’t

Motor vehicle designs and modifications have to meet certain safety standards - so called “street legal”. These don’t.

Play with them all you like on a private track but they won’t get on the road

  • I suspect this is correct, but the answer would be better if it listed at least some of the standards that such a vehicle would not meet, and the codes imposing such standards. Feb 21 at 15:05

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