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Limited Speed Scooters/Motorcycles - an Accident Waiting to Happen

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Limited speed scooters.

They’re all over the roads of BC’s Lower Mainland.

Cheap. Simple to ride. It’s easy to see their appeal.

But isn’t it time we opened our eyes to the risks that limited speed scooters pose?

There was an interesting piece on CBC earlier this week that tackled this very subject.

The problem is the lack of proper regulation when it comes to scooters.

You see, under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, you don’t need a motorcycle license to drive a scooter with an engine under 50cc.

So, anybody with a valid driver’s license can drive a scooter with “limited power”. No training required.

Am I missing something here?

People riding limited speed scooters are out in traffic. They’re dealing with safety hazards similar to those encountered by the rider of a motorcycle.

Why do we treat their training/licensing requirements differently than motorcyclists?

Think about it.

What happens if a limited speed scooter hits a pedestrian or a cyclist?

Even with a 50cc engine a scooter can hit someone/something at a pretty decent speed. And the force of impact?  It’s going to pack a punch.

The bottom line is it’s an accident waiting to happen.

BC’s Ministry of Justice says they don’t have any plans to change the law relating to limited speed scooters. Aren’t they burying their heads in the sand?

We need to make sure that our streets are safe, for everyone. That means proper licensing requirement for all riders of scooters.

Not only to protect riders but to protect other users of our roads too.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Motorcycle Accidents

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