This is of interest to all of us, although it will mostly affect the under 25 crowd.
As you may or may not know there is talk of breaking up ICBC, now before you all go celebrating and having a party you should take a sec to realize what this will mean.
Basically if private insurance comes in, and you are a male under 25 and want to insure any type of bike over 400cc be prepared to pay. I don't mean a little I mean a lot, that is if you can find someone that will insure you.
As it is now, you go to ICBC and no matter what your driving record they will insure you. It will cost some more than others but you CAN get insurance. With private insurance you don't have that guranetee. I am over 25 so this doesn't really affect me right?? WRONG.
This will affect everyone, because what will happen is that younger riders won't be riding, there will be less motorcycles on the road, which means less shops to support them, less money for my trade in, etc.... As much as I hate ICBC, and I will be one of the first to bitch and complain about them, believe it or not they actually have a good system, it is just there administration of the system that sucks.
So if you want to keep riding, and have reasonable insurance rates then you will have to save ICBC. www.saveicbc.com has all the info that you need, BCCOM (british columbia coalition of motorcyclist) the ones that got you access to the HOV lanes are trying there best to help support the save ICBC campaign. BCCOM is also working on getting motorcyclist transferable plates so that if you have more than one bike you can just move your plate back and forth, or if you have a car and bike insured, that you pay alot less for the second vehicle because you can only drive one at a time, I will save this for another day.
Now you are going oh $hit, I am going to have to pay double or triple for motorcycle insurance if ICBC breaks up. Well your right, so what to do about it? Goto the www.saveicbc.com website and read the info there. Then find out who your MLA and WRITE don't email, actually write, (you remember, pen and paper and the curved letters they taught you in school) them a letter saying that you are John Doe average citizen, that you enjoy riding your motorcyle, etc...don't be hostile tell them to save ICBC, and most importantly let them know that you VOTE.
The www.bccom-bc.com website will be putting up a letter template that you can follow to write your own letter. As much as I hate them, I feel that it is up to us to save them, or many of my new friends won't be riding.
It's time for us the users of the system to stand up and fight for it.
I shudder to think that I am actually supporting ICBC, scary thought. Unfortunatly it has to be done.