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					Points/Concerns/Suggestions

     Most riders would agree that some sort of Graduated Licensing
      should be in place for motorcyclists
         o 93.7% agree GDL is a good idea
         o 53% believe it should entail a combination of motorcycle
           restrictions and a mandatory safety cour se
     Mandatory Safety Course
         o Pros
                The best way to prepare a rider for real world conditions
                Many riders who have ridden for years have found the
                  course invaluable and very informative
                W idely accepted by motorcyclists as a good course and
                  a first choice for a graduated licensing program
                The motorcycle riders involved in accidents are
                  essentially without training; 92% were self -taught or
                  learned from family or friends. Motorcycle rider training
                  experience reduces accident involvement and is related
                  to reduced injuries in the event of accidents. (Hurt
                  Report)
         o Cons
                Expensive for some , needs to be affordable
                Not widely/easily available for rural individuals
                Safety Course’s are currently booked up for much of the
                  season – do (will) we have the capacity to handle the
                  influx of applications if it became mandatory?
         o Perhaps reduce insurance rates for licensed riders who take
           refresher training/safety programs on their own
     Probationary Restrictions as a possibility
         o If the individual is past the regular driver’s license
           probationary period, they should be put on a motorcycle
           probationary period
         o Riding in groups
         o Loss of license structure
                Serious traffic offenses / stunting in public / accidents
                       it may be a good idea to make passing a safety
                         course and a road test a condition of regaining that
                         license
                Zero Tolerance Policy for Alcohol related offences
                       Lose your bike
                       Lose your license – start M licensing process all
                         over again after a set period of time
     More informed testing officials
         o Testers seem to have limited knowledge of m otorcycles
      o Perhaps qualified motorcycle safety instructors should be the
         one’s who judge the M road test as they may have a better
         understanding of problem areas
   Demographics
      o Younger riders are overrepresented in accidents
      o Older riders (even those new to r iding) are at lower risk given
         their regular driving experience
             In the U.K. they have provisions for older riders to take a
                short-cut to an unlimited license, but the requirement for
                formal training and testing remains.
             Older individuals also have a better understanding of
                reacting in an emergency and general rules of road
   Perhaps powerful (and heavier) machines should be limited to more
    experienced riders (non -probationary riders)
      o General points on motorcycle restrictions
             Smaller machines get riders in less trouble, less quickly
                and riders can manage that trouble faster
             Some riders have the mindset that a smaller motorcycle
                is not safe for highway travel given their limited
                performance (especially if the rider is a larger individual)
             Current market is spars e for lower (<550) cc motorcycle
                making it difficult for new riders to purchase a used
                motorcycle and would be forced to buy new until the
                market for these types of bikes stabilizes
             It has been argued that there are no limitations to what a
                person can and can’t drive with a Class 5 so why should
                it be in place for motorcycles
             But it’s also been argued that b efore you learn to fly an
                CF-18 you learn to fly a prop plane
      o CC limitations
             Quick and easy
             Doesn’t take into account the difference between the
                different classes of machines (Sport vs Cruiser etc)
                     Although there is a difference between a 600cc
                       sportbike and a 650cc cruiser, most types of
                       cruisers, regardless of engine size, are quite heavy
                       thereby making th em unsuitable for novice riders
             Placing restrict ions on displacement does not take into
                account the difference between a new race replica and
                an old cruiser
      o Horsepower
             Provides a more accurate limitation as it takes into
                account actual power vs engine size
             Hard to regulate as no officer is going to have a dyno on
                hand. Machines can be modified to provide more power
      o W eight
                 Heavy machines can be harder to manage for a novice
                  rider
                 Does not take into account balancing of the machine
                  which also dictates the skill required to handle the
                  machine safely
     Graduated Classes
         o New riders could be restricted to class – Cruiser  Sport etc
            etc
     Learner’s License should have a time limit
         o Many riders ride for years based on a piece of paper that took
            15 bucks and 30 minutes to write!
     Insurance Rates
         o Charge more for new r iders with powerful machines as
            opposed to seasoned riders
     Age restrictions?

Questions

     If the safety course was made mandatory as part of the GDL
      program, would it be subsidized in some fashion , made more widely
      available (rural areas etc) and will they have the capacity to handle
      it?
     If the graduated licensing program is to try to reduce problems at
      the new driver end of the spectrum, but what about those at the
      other end. W ill SGI be rewarding experienced riders with clean
      records??!!!
     W ill this strictl y affect new riders or will currently fully endorsed
      riders be subject to some (or all) of the GDL once installed?
     Is SGI's interest in setting up a graduated licensing program
      generated by genuine concern or from the bottom line of a financial
      sheet?? W ill SGI take 100% control over the operation of the safety
      courses? And if so, will it cost us more or less to take the course?

				
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