New Brunswick moves to graduated motorcycle licensing

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The province of New Brunswick has announced a new plan for graduated motorcycle licensing, starting next spring.

Despite the fanfare, there seems to be little change over the previous system, which saw riders able to acquire a full-fledged licence after passing a written test, holding a beginner’s permit, then passing a road test.

There’s no Euro-style restrictions on motorcycle size; instead, the highlights of the new legislation seem to be a requirement for zero blood alcohol content, and bans on riding after dark and carrying a passenger before acquiring a full licence. Most importantly, riders will have to complete a recognized riding course before getting their full licence.

Beginning riders will be required to take part in the graduated licence program for a year before acquiring a licence with no restrictions.

Most of the other restrictions on the graduated licence aren’t anything new – riders must pass a vision test, must be 16 years old, etc. Find out more about the new licence system, which rolls into place on April 1, 2015, here.

 

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