Since Interlock Devices usually get installed in cars, can they operate in other motor vehicles, such as boats or motorcycles?
Yes, they can.
Anything with a constant power supply and starter (even snowmobiles, golf carts and RV’s) can have an Interlock Device installed into its system. Other modes of transportation, however, like skateboards and bicycles, do not apply since they are not motor vehicles.
Additional Interlock Device Tips
Keep in mind that Interlock Device regulations are managed state-by-state, not by your vendor. This means the type of motor vehicle you can install an Interlock Device is up to your state. Virginia, for example, will allow Interlock Devices to be installed on motorcycles, but some won’t.
Why Should I Not Have an Interlock in My Motorcycle or Boat?
Having an Interlock Device in your motorcycle or boat is not only potentially dangerous. There are practical reasons to consider as well.
Motorcycles and boats have more exposure to the weather than vehicles. If it snows or rains, the Interlock Device installed may be exposed to the elements, which may cause some damage.
In addition, if the Interlock prompts for a test, a beeping sound will occur. It is very difficult to hear this test prompt while on a moving motorcycle.
If you only own a motorcycle but are court-ordered to use an Interlock Device, ask your monitoring authority or a Smart Start customer service representative for more information about your options.
If you have any questions or need assistance, you can always call our bilingual Customer Care Center any time of the day at (800) 831-3299. We are even available during weekends and holidays!