The province of Saskatchewan will move to a graduated licensing program for motorcyclists in 2011.
The graduated program will be similar to the province’s current program for new drivers of cars, and will consist of three restricted stages before a rider receives the M endorsement: Learner, Novice 1, and Novice 2.
A new rider could receive an M-endorsed licence in three years by going through the program, but driving infractions and other problems would extend the restricted period.
Saskatchewan Safety Council boss Harley Toupin said the new program "will go a long way towards reducing motorcycle-related deaths and injuries in Saskatchewan." Last year, five riders were killed and 221 were injured on the province’s roads.
Motorcyclists in Saskatchewan can currently ride with only a few minor restrictions after passing a written test.