FORT BENNING, Ga. (March 20, 2018) -- To ensure existing motorcycle policy is being followed, the Safety Office of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning are requiring motorcyclists to carry a Motorcycle Automated Installation Entry (MAIE) card, beginning May 1.

The policy applies to Soldiers, retirees, civilians, contractors, and dependents with access to post, and they can follow the steps in this article to get their MAIE card now.

Motorcycle riders found in violation may be denied access to the installation beginning May 1. Soldiers may be detained at the access control point and released to their unit leadership. Soldiers' motorcycles may be impounded if found operating on the installation illegally.

This policy is to help motorcyclists decrease the probability of accidents by ensuring appropriate training and correct licensure of all on-post motorcyclists.


FOR SOLDIERS:

To obtain an MAIE card, Soldiers must accomplish the following:
1) Take all mandatory training (see "Related Links" to schedule training): Basic Rider Course, Basic Rider Course II or Experienced Rider Course, Motorcycle Sports Rider Course (if operating a sport bike), and Motorcycle Refresher Training. Depending on the type of motorcycle the Soldier operates, the rider must also take Motorcycle Sustainment Training within five years of completing BRC-II / ERC or MSRC.
2) Bring to the safety office (Bldg. 18 on Vibbert Avenue) the following: all relevant training certificates from above, state driver's license with motorcycle endorsement, copy of "Statement for Tricycle/MC/Moped/Scooter Operator Responsibilities" (see "Related Links") signed by the Soldier's commander, and proof of insurance and registration.
3) Once the safety office staff verifies all the documents, bring the stamped MAIE approval form to Bldg. 19 on Vibbert Avenue to receive an official MAIE card.

The MAIE card is valid one year after the Basic Rider Course is completed unless the Soldier has also completed the Experienced Rider Course. Otherwise, the MAIE card expires five years after the completion of the Experienced Rider Course.

Soldiers in uniform may not wear vests or jackets that have patches or insignia other than military.

Soldiers on motorcycle visiting from other installations must have their common access card (CAC), their state driver's license with motorcycle endorsement, and current Motorcycle Safety Foundation card.


FOR RETIREES, CIVILIANS, CONTRACTORS AND DEPENDENTS

To obtain an MAIE card, retirees, civilians, contractors and dependents must accomplish the following:
1) Bring to the safety office (Bldg. 18 on Vibbert Avenue) the following: state driver's license with motorcycle endorsement and proof of insurance and registration.
2) Once the safety office staff verifies all the documents, the motorcycle rider will bring the stamped MAIE approval form to Bldg. 19 on Vibbert Avenue to receive an official MAIE card.

For retirees, civilians, contractors, and dependents, the MAIE card expires when the state driver's license expires.


FOR VISITORS

The Directorate of Emergency Services determines whether visitors will be given temporary installation access. They should be prepared to provide their current driver's license displaying their state of residence motorcycle endorsement and proof of insurance. Furthermore, they must comply with the personal protective equipment requirements outlined in the next section.


FOR ALL MOTORCYCLISTS

All motorcyclists must have a valid state driver's license with motorcycle endorsement and valid insurance card meeting state minimum requirements.

To access post, all motorcyclists must wear the following:
-- Helmets: Department of Transportation approved helmets that meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218 or Snell Standard M2005 will be worn and properly fastened at all times.
-- Eye protection: Eye protection designed to meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1, reference (z), for impact and shatter-resistance (including goggles, wraparound glasses, or full-face shield properly attached to helmet) must be worn at all times. A windshield or fairing does not constitute eye protection.
-- Foot protection: Proper foot protection must be worn while riding. Foot protection includes sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles (durable leather or ballistic-type cloth athletic shoes that cover the ankles may be worn).
-- Protective clothing: Protective clothing includes long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. Motorcycle jackets and pants constructed of abrasion-resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar, or Cordura, containing impact-absorbing padding are strongly encouraged. Riders are encouraged to select personal protective equipment that incorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective material.

Furthermore, passengers must be 13 years or older to ride on a motorcycle. All passengers are required to wear the same personal protective equipment as described above.

To learn more, visit the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Safety Office web page at www.benning.army.mil/mcoe/mcoesafety or call 706-545-3676. You can also visit the Safety Office in person from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bldg. 18 on Vibbert Avenue.