I want to relay a couple of items from the most recent BCCOM meeting, which I hope will be of interest to you.
First, and most important:
There was some discussion about BCCOM fighting a "Street racing" ban on one of it’s members. Those present at the meeting were asked whether there was agreement that the group should be associated with such a battle. The main fear being that their involvement could be incorrectly misconstrued as supporting irresponsible or dangerous riding.
There was general agreement that the issue of Police powers under this new ruling are far to dangerous to ignore. Jim McNeney, a Barrister, was given the support of BCCOM to represent the individual involved.
The case in point involves a couple of bikers riding open roads well away from any built up area (somewhere around Hope I believe). They were pulled for doing 189 kmh in a 90 limit. One riders licence was pulled on the spot and he was given a six month ban (I don’t know if the other rider suffered the same fate).
BCCOM is fighting this on the following grounds.
There are already laws in place that cover this type of traffic offence. The rider is unquestionably guilty of excessive speed. The matter should have been dealt with as excessive speeding. However, because he was in the company of another rider, the Cop made the call that it was street racing. For a Cop at the side of the road to be able to impose such penalties denies the public the RIGHT to "Due process".
Additionally, it means that the way motorcyclists typically ride (in groups) leaves us wide open to the cry of street racing, which by a simplistic definition merely requires two or more individuals on the same stretch of road to be riding quickly. It is simpler to call this situation a race, than to deal with it as a speeding offence. BCCOM maintain that the law is "vague and unworkable".
Motorcyclist are an easy target but are not representative of the group that are the main problem.
As an aside, the mantra "Don’t fight a ticket by the side of the road" was voiced again. Take the ticket, be curteous, then fight it later!
Dwight Osterhout, a lecturer from BCIT gave a presentation about motorcycle mechanics training at the college. I will just outline the highlights in bullet form.
Training takes eight months.
There are twenty four places on the course each year and entry times are staggered.
Cost is $2808.
Training is conducted on bang up to date machines donated by the main manufacturers.
BCIT sign a waiver that these machines will never be used on the road.
Trainees get "road test" experience on "paid for" service jobs.
It will cost you $10/hr to have your bike serviced by BCIT trainees (If you can get in)
The college has the potential to qualify 24 students per year, and the current requirement for qualified technicians is running at about 40 per year. :0
Dealers pay technicians in one of two ways. Flat rate or Hourly.
Flat rate means that they get paid by the job, at a fixed rate. If they can get it done quicker than the allotted time then they’re laughing (but are you?)
Hourly paid is, well, hourly paid!
Dwight has a fair number of enquiries from US dealers each year who are looking for qualified tech’s. Pay is basically dollar for dollar. 1.5X what can be made here $$$$$$
Dwight is a thoroughly good egg from all accounts, and does not send anyone out with a certificate at the end if they are a duffer!
I welcome anyone present at last nights meeting to correct me if I got anything wrong .