Canada May Rethink Motorcycle Licensing Process

It's good to see some Canadian motorcycle professionals raising their voices and speaking in favor of a more realistic way for issuing motorcycle licenses. At least this is what we saw in the Ontario province, with motorcycle instructor Eric O'Neill, who spoke with CBC.
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While Canadian insurance companies are complaining they're paying too much money to cover for the damages of motorcycle accidents and claim drastic hikes in insurance rates, we strongly believe that the approach people like O'Neill are taking is way closer to a lucrative, efficient solution. And you can read an extensive analysis on the matter in this Autoevolution article.

Problem is, kids age 16 and older can get their M1 "learner's" license without ever having touched ot gotten close to such machinery. If they pass an eye and written test, they get the M1 license and they can hop on absolutely any motorcycle, from a KX250F to a Hayabusa.

There are of course, some restrictions with the M1: they cannot drive at night, with a passenger and on any major highways in Ontario. Does this somehow imply that they can't reach 125 mph (more than 200 km/h) on an R1 in several hundred feet. Eric agrees it doesn't.

While most M1 owners would ride beginner bikes in parking lots practicing, some would not. And this is a big problem, as some of these guys don't make it 3 months later for the M2 riding test. And even if they do, this doesn't make them John McGuinness, unfortunately, so the problem is only a bit smaller.

We can only hope that more fellows like Eric O'Neill will step up and speak in favor of more comprehensive training, for the sake out children, parents, communities and insurance companies, alike.
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