Dealer lauds passage of bill allowing motorcycle sales on Sundays

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As of Thursday, a new law in Missouri will allow motorcycles, ATVs and other motorized vehicles to be sold on Sunday. It's the first time in decades it's been allowed, and one local dealer says it was worth the hard work to get the bill made into law.

For Rick Worth, the law prohibiting motorcycle sales on Sundays in the state of Missouri was costing him money.

"Today it's a seven day a week business in most industries, and we needed to be here when the customer wants us to be here," said Worth.

So he got to work, along with other proponents to change the law. For about six months they were in Jefferson City every few weeks lobbying to get House Bill 1735 passed so they too could sell motorcycles on Sundays.

"The dealers that are open, it's either their biggest or second biggest day of the week," explained Worth.

Worth says the biggest opponents were auto dealers, especially in the middle of the state without close competition in other states, so this bill separated the two, taking automobiles out of the equation. Many motorcycle dealers on the state line jumped at the chance to compete with their neighbor state dealerships.

"When you're in Kansas City or St. Louis you have state lines to worry about, and those state lines, people could go buy a motorcycle," Worth said.

Worth says the change in law will allow him to hire more people and could account for at least a 17-percent increase in gross sales. He says allowing motorcycles and ATVs to be sold on Sundays just makes economic sense.