Quebec Debates Controversial Motorcycle Rules

Insurance regulation proposed for inexperienced riders

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Often a favored destination for motorcyclists for its vast highways and picturesque scenery, the Canadian province of Quebec may soon be a miserable place for many of the bikers who live there.

The provincial auto insurance board known as the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) is proposing a list of new rules that is sure to be unpopular for riders and manufacturers alike. The proposed regulation states that people under the age of 25 and anyone with less than five years of motorcycle riding experience would not be permitted to own or insure motorcycles deemed to be ‘high-risk’ by the board. In an attempt to allegedly reduce accidents involving inexperienced riders, SAAQ indicates that the system would place strict rules ownership.

SAAQ claims that younger riders, more specifically those on ‘high-risk’ motorcycles, represent a large percentage of the bike-related accidents in the province. While many people feel that government regulation should protect the safety of those who don’t have the common sense to protect themselves, Social Darwinism has been cleansing the gene pool since time began. This is a highly stringent and strong-handed manoeuvre that may do more harm than good.

What do you think?

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  • Cliff

    There’s no such thing as a “high risk” motorcycle. Only high risk riders. To quote Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.” If this goes into effect, then you’ll see a dramatic spike in cruiser and standard bike accidents, and SAAQ will be scratching their heads and wondering why. =/

  • Yea that’ll work…..not

    Sometimes learning the hard way is the best way. All this protecting the consumer from stupidity is going to backfire in the future. Have auto drivers become much safer drivers with all these new innovations in the cars? Now a days the cars have to literally speak to the driver to tell them things they should already know.

  • http://blog.motorcycle.com/2009/06/01/motorcycle-news/quebec/-debates-controbersial-motorcycle-rules Cheryl

    I’m 40 year old female that wanted to own a motorcycle, but listening to all the negativity about them made me nervous; so I changed my mind. Now looking at this website I’m very hpye again about getting one. Like one of the writer wrote’”there’s no such thing as highrisk bikes, only highrisk riders. The website is awesome!