If I recall correctly, when the province submitted to BCCOM the proposal for the new laws which just went into effect, was the new helmet standard part of this package?
As I recall, the response from BCCOM was, to paraphrase, "Don't change any laws. Better driver/rider training is the key to reducing accidents."
If (and please note I'm using the word IF) this is the case, might I suggest that an opportunity may have been lost to have a valuable conversational exchange of ideas between BCCOM, the motorcycling public, the Ministry of Transport, ICBC, etc.
Having a position from which one is flexible to negotiation is a requirement when talking to the government - even if sometimes they appear to be totally inflexible.
If the above is accurate and if no dialogue was entered into, my question will always be, "If we had conceded to helmet standards and stunting amendments (for example) could we have avoided the draconian vehicle seizure portion of this law?"
One more question...Where is BCAA on all this? They typically just toe the line on anything the gov't puts through but I'd be curious to know.
Thanks in advance for your considered and adult responses.