Senate Passes Tomlinson Bill to Allow Motorcycle Sales on Sunday

HARRISBURG – The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) that would allow licensed dealers in Pennsylvania to sell motorcycles on Sunday.

Tomlinson said he introduced Senate Bill 419 to give Pennsylvania motorcycle dealers a level playing field with neighboring states that currently allow for Sunday sales.

He added that many Pennsylvania motorcycle dealerships are already open on Sundays to sell merchandise. They can sell all of the parts to build a motorcycle, but they cannot sell the actual bike. Customers must return to the store to complete the purchase.

“In the past, New York and Delaware allowed for Sunday sales of motorcycles. But last year, both New Jersey and certain counties in Maryland began permitting Sunday sales,” Tomlinson said.  “As a result, consumers in the Southeast can easily travel out of state to purchase their bikes, rather than going to local dealers.”

Since Sunday sales have been implemented in other states, sales have fallen in Pennsylvania southeast stores. At the same time, sales in New Jersey and Maryland have grown.

“My legislation would help Pennsylvania dealers compete with stores in other states and increase their sales,” Tomlinson said.  “That will not only help our local economy but also bring in additional revenues to the state.”

Senate Bill 419 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.


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