Here is an article that ran in the last BCCOM newsletter:
BCCOM will be working on a viable, workable proposal to government and ICBC to make learning to ride a motorcycle in this province tougher. Now before you go off and get all indignant let me explain. It is very apparent that there is an issue with new riders getting their license, buying a bike that is too much for them to handle and ending up crashing or worse, dying.
For years the Coalition has tried to get ICBC to acknowledge safety training and give a better insurance rate to encourage the new rider to take the course. ICBC’s answer to this is that there are no statistics that prove that rider training lessens the likelihood of an accident. ICBC does not keep records on who has had training and who hasn’t so this becomes a moot point. My first thought was to try to limit somehow the cc or power to rate ratio for a new rider for a certain number of years. That is a tough one as some manufacturers don’t like that idea and it takes a huge amount of time to put something such as a power to weight program together, and believe me the cry of “Playing Big Brother” was pretty loud and clear!
At a recent BCCOM meeting one of our members (thanks Craig!) came up with what I think is a brilliant way to crack down on the riders in a way that will make them responsible for their own actions and outcome. It will not help the ones that end up killing themselves but it will add a certain dimension that will make most of them stop and think about their need for speed and the riding restrictions that they are under. These are some of the ideas that came about from that meeting.
An “N” license plate that must be on bike at all times for 2 years after passing your test.
ANY infraction in the first 1 year and it will reset your probation period.
Two infractions and you will lose your license for six months then you must start over from the beginning and it resets your probation period.
Any “at fault” accidents and you lose your license for one year then once again need to start over and then reset your probation.
I am sure BCCOM will get a lot of calls over this and as always if you have ideas as how to implement this or thoughts on the subject we welcome them. These are some ideas thrown around that night and we look forward to more. Motorcyclists must be proactive regarding the amount of deaths that are happening in B.C. and this could be a great start!
B.C. Coalition of Motorcyclists