A fatal motorcycle accident in Saint John, New Brunswick last year could end up affecting bikers across the province.â€¨â€¨
City lawyer Caroline Higgins was jogging last June when a motorcyclist lost control, struck her, and killed her. Now the Telegraph-Journal reports her family wants changes in New Brunswick’s transportation laws.â€¨â€¨
Police determined that the rider’s inexperience, a motorcycle that had modified handlebars and exhaust, and an improperly inflated front tire were factors that contributed to the crash.
The paper says Higgins’ family is lobbying provincial politicians including area MLAs and the public safety minister to bring in both a tiered licensing system and an annual motorcycle safety inspection.
In New Brunswick, motorcycle licences carry either an "A" or "D" endorsement depending on the capacity of the bike that they take their test on. If the bike is over 550 cc then they would get an A endorsement, which allows riders to pilot any machine they wish. Otherwise they’re restricted to bikes 550cc and under, as odd as that may be.
There are no other restriction set out for beginning riders who have just passed their motorcycle road tests and new riders can take the road test for either their “A” or “D” endorsement at any time.
If the province’s police back these changes, as the paper reports, the bike scene in New Brunswick could see some big changes ahead.