CASE LAW - R v Rei
Is it a Motor Assisted Cycle (MAC) or a Limited Speed Motorcycle (LSM)? In the case of R v Rei it all comes down to whether there are pedals installed so that the driver may physically propel the device or not. By law, a MAC with the pedals removed becomes an LSM and now must have a licensed driver and licence and insurance before it is operated on a highway in British Columbia. In this case, Raymond Rei appeals convictions for two counts of operating without insurance and one count of operating without a driver's licence. His argument was that with pedals installed, his MAC was dangerous to operate because the pedals dragged on the ground when the machine was leaned in corners. He was not successful and his convictions where upheld.