When Bathurst, New Brunswick brought in a bylaw banning loud motorcycle pipes, we pondered whether it would have far-reaching effects.
Well, we may be seeing some of those effects already, as the provincial government may begin requiring annual motorcycle inspections – something that motorcycles are currently exempt from.
Here’s what’s going on: the government plans to consult citizens on its vehicle inspection program this year, and one of the things they’re looking at is motorcycle inspections. But it has questionable merit. Motorcycle accidents are almost always due to an error on the part of another driver, or a rider’s mistake.
The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council sent out a press release in light of the news from New Brunswick with some figures from FEMA, the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations. According to their numbers, technical failure was a factor in only 0.3 per cent of motorcycle accidents. Obviously, FEMA isn’t it favour of motorcycle inspections; in fact, they call them “an additional and unjustified burden for motorcyclists.”
But here’s the thing: Inspections are a great way for the government to crack down on loud pipes. So, whether we like it or not, New Brunswick may see inspections for motorcycles soon – and bikers could have their open-exhausted brothers to blame.