Thursday, May 31, 2012

New B.C. Motorcycle Laws Start June 1

New regulations for helmets
  • All motorcycle riders and their passengers are now required
    to wear a helmet that meets safety industry standards
  • A motorcycle safety helmet must meet DOT,
    Snell M2005, Snell M2010 or ECE safety standards
  • Helmets that do not meet these new standards, such as skull caps, will be illegal
New regulations for passenger seating
  • New requirements for passengers mean that all
    passengers must be able to place their feet on the foot
    pegs or floorboards
  • Children unable to reach foot pegs are not permitted to
    ride as passengers

For more detailed information click HERE.

All motorcyclists and passengers in B.C. must wear a motorcycle helmet that displays the proper industry safety certification label. Helmets must comply with standards outlined by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Snell Memorial Foundation 2005 or 2010, or United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). Riders found violating the new helmet laws will receive a $138 fine. New seating laws have also been put into place to protect both passengers and riders.

The Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is working with police and motorcyclists to ensure the new helmet and seating regulations will be applied fairly and fines will be issued to riders putting their safety at risk. Police also have educational material to distribute to riders to inform them about the new laws.


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