Ontario is not the only jurisdiction to consider irrational laws against motorcyclists (CMG Oct. 29, 2008).
French riders are planning a countrywide protest for Mar. 21-22 because in April a law will come into effect that allows any law enforcement officer to seize a motorcycle based on the suspicion that it does not meet conformance standards.
The nonconforming motorcycle can be towed to a garage, where a technician will inspect it. After required repairs are made, the bike will have to be inspected again, and everything, including towing, will be paid for by the motorcycle owner.
The European motorcycle accident investigation group MAIDS says fewer than one per cent of accidents are caused by motorcycles that are not properly maintained, so French riders say the law is a political whipping stone. They want it reversed, or at least rewritten so that no one without expertise in motorcycles will have the authority to make decisions before the bike is yanked out from under a rider.