Motorcyclists may soon be legally allowed to wear headphones or Bluetooth capable helmets in Pennsylvania

18 April 2024- The House today approved legislation authored by Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) to update the vehicle code to allow motorcyclists to wear headphones or helmets with built-in headphone capabilities.

“State law needs modernized to better reflect the times,” Mako said. “With the widespread usage of wireless headsets, earbuds and earphones and Bluetooth communication built into helmets, we should not criminalize those who use the most up-to-date products that are widely accepted by the motorcycling community. In addition, I argue this is a safety issue. Instead of having to look down at navigational information, motorcyclists will be able to hear it in their ears.”

House Bill 538 allows motorcycle operators to wear or use one or more headphones, earphones or protective headgear with the same capabilities. The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.