B.C.’s provincial government has introduced a host of new motorcycle regulations, some of which should create some controversy in coming weeks.
The regulation that’s going to ruffle the most feathers is a ban on novelty helmets.
B.C.’s government now says riders must wear a helmet with a DOT, Snell M2005 or Snell M2010 or ECE rating. That sounds great, but everyone knows factories over in China are cranking out these beanie helmets that don’t meet any safety standard, but still slapping DOT stickers on them. You can probably buy the stickers on eBay as well, so we doubt this rule change is going to do much to address the province’s recent growth in motorcycle fatalities.
Other changes the B.C. government is introducing in the name of safety are larger letters on motorcyclists’ licence plates (to make it easier for the police to track you down), and a rule that passengers’ feet must touch the pegs or floorboard when riding pillion on a motorcycle. If your kid’s legs don’t reach the passenger pegs or floorboard, then they can’t ride.
Finally, the government says they’re introducing some sort of graduated licensing program, but we haven’t seen any details on how it will work. This could be the only rule change that saves any lives, in the long run, and we’ll keep you posted when we learn more details.