Proposed changes to motorcycle licensing and rider safety

Tribune-Post Staff
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Proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act were tabled in the legislative assembly today by Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Bruce Northrup. The changes would see the introduction of a graduated licensing program for new motorcyclists as well as updated standards for helmets and motorcycle tires.

"We believe these changes will help to increase safety for novice motorcycle riders and increase overall road safety," said Northrup. "These amendments are a direct result of consulting with New Brunswickers on how to best update the act."

The system would have rules similar to those for newly-licensed car drivers such as the rider:

– Must maintain zero per cent blood alcohol content;

– May not have any passengers;

– May not ride between sunset and sunrise; and

– Must remain in this category for a minimum of 12 months.

Anyone wishing to obtain a motorcycle licence will be required to successfully pass an approved motorcycle driver training course before entering into the graduated licensing program.

Regulations for helmets will be updated to international standards and motorcycle tires will have to meet minimum standards. This will give law enforcement a clear way of addressing tire deficiencies that could compromise safety.

The motorcycle graduated licensing program would come into effect April 1, 2015. The proposed implementation dates for helmet and tire standards as well as other changes is Aug. 1, 2014.

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