Info for all you folks who wanted to know why pokcet bike are illegal
First of I believe most people know that THEY ARE NOT STREET LEGAL, and it is doubtful if they ever will be. Transport Canada has definitions of a motorcycle and a limited speed motorcycle. These pocket bikes meet neither - they're too small to be considered motorcycles (too short in their wheelbase), and again too small to be considered LSM's (the wheels are too small).
As with any new vehicle, in order to be registered and licensed it is supposed to bear a Transport Canada safety sticker indicating compliance with the federal motor vehicle safety regulations, and these don't. The manufacturer or importer is supposed to provide a New Vehicle Information Slip with a 17-digit serial number, and these don't have one.
BC's Motor Vehicle Act Regulation's require a headlight mounted at least 56cm from the ground - this might be tough to do on a pocket bike.
ICBC put out a News Release July 24, 2000 re: motorized skateboards - this same information pertains to pocketbikes:
Motorized scooters/Pocket bikes and the law
ICBC would like to inform the public about the current federal and provincial regulations governing the use of motorized scooters and similar recreational vehicles. Owners and prospective buyers should be aware of the penalties associated with operating motorized scooters on public roadways.
According to the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), motorized scooters, motorized skateboards and related vehicles fall under the definition of a motor vehicle and therefore require registration, license and insurance to be used on-road.
To be used on B.C. roads, motor vehicles must meet the standards set out in the federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada) and the provincial MVA Regulations.
Motorized scooters, "pocket bikes" and motorized skateboards fail to meet provincial equipment safety standards including lighting, braking and seating requirements. In addition, these vehicles do not comply with federal requirements for vehicles intended for use on public roads. Because these
types of motor vehicles do not meet Transport Canada or provincial safety standards, they cannot legally be operated on public roads.
If you are caught operating a motorized scooter or pocket bike on a B.C. road may be ticketed by police for driving an unregistered vehicle, driving an unlicensed vehicle, and the $600 biggie an uninsured motor vehicle. If you are caught on the roadways, your vehicle will be also towed per policy do to it not having insurance coverage.
The import and sale of recreational wheeled motor vehicles without prior federal approval could result in the vehicles being detained or seized by Transport Canada. Owners and potential buyers of a small motor vehicle such as a motorized scooter or skateboard can contact Transport Canada
(1-800-333-0371) to ensure that the motorized vehicle meets all applicable federal standards.
The road safety risk is greater for motorized scooters and motorized skateboards than for other vehicles to which they are sometimes compared, such as bicycles and limited speed motorcycles. The small wheel size and configuration of scooter steering components make them unstable and
difficult to control.
Local RCMP and ICBC Driver Licensing Policy
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