Quebec Debates Controversial Motorcycle Rules

Dustin Woods
by Dustin Woods

Insurance regulation proposed for inexperienced riders

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.

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