Provincial government makes changes to motor vehicle act

. Changes have been made to motorcycle safety regulations that took effect on June 1.

On May 30, the provincial government announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Act. Changes have been made to motorcycle safety regulations that took effect on June 1.

Motorcyclists must now wear a helmet that are SnellM2005, Snell 2010, ECE or Dot compliance. RCMP say that for one month, they will be helping to make a smooth transition into these laws by carrying out an educational enforcement strategy. During this time, instead of issuing a ticket, officers will whenever possible, ensure that riders have safe, alternative transportation. According to Sgt. Voller of the Lake Cowichan RCMP, this means that if riders are in a remote area like the Circle Route, it is up to the officers discretion as to whether the person being ticketed must get a ride from a tow truck company, whether a taxi is called, or whether the office provides transportation. On remote roads such as the Circle Route this becomes complicated as there is limited cell and radio service.

In addition to these new helmet laws, new seating laws will also be in effect. Restrictions apply to riders that are standing or riding side saddle, and to passengers who are: 16 years of age or older who are on a motorcycle not designed for passengers, riding side saddle, riding in front of the operator, not using foot rests or foot pegs, not seated in or on the sidecar. As of June 1, violating the seating restrictions carries a vehicle impound period.

Fines for improper helmets and unsafe riding practices can be found at pssg.gov.bc.ca/osmv/road-safety/motorcycles.htm#finesandpoints