This spring, a BC municipality and the CoreySafe advocacy group are once again pressuring provincial officials to toughen motorcycle licencing rules.
According to CBC, the District of Kitimat is working with CoreySafe, a non-profit group that’s trying to improve motorcycle safety. Coreysafe was founded by Denise Lodge in the aftermath of her son Corey’s death in a motorcycle crash. He died only hours after receiving his motorcycle learner’s permit, and part of Lodge’s focus is to tighten the regulations surrounding motorcycle licencing.
Currently in BC, a motorcyclist gets a learner’s permit after passing a written test; after 14 days with a learner’s permit, they can challenge the road test. After 30 days with a learner’s permit, upon successful completion of a road test, a rookie rider can get their unrestricted motorcycle licence, allowing anything from a Honda Rebel to a Suzuki Hayabusa.
Lodge says the province needs to move to a graduated licencing system instead, with more safeguards. She’d like to see motorcyclists required to pass a riding test before getting out on the street, and required to ride under supervision for a year before earning a full licence.
The District of Kitimat has joined in her push for more regulations, and is also urging other municipalities to do the same, says CBC, bringing the issue up with the Union of B.C. Municipalities for the past six years. This year, the District is asking other municipalities to write letters to put pressure on the province to make changes to the rulebook. Despite its efforts so far, there is still no change in the law, although ICBC told CBC it is focusing on battling things like distracted drivers and red-light runners in an attempt to improve motorcycle safety.