NEWS - Coroner Looks at Motorcycle Fatalities

Motorcycle CrashThe province of BC saw 286 motorcycle-related deaths on our highways between 2000 and 2007. As a result, the BC Coroner's Service convened a Death Review Panel to examine the increasing frequency of serious collisions. The panel has also made recommendations to prevent loss of life in similar circumstances.

The panel consisted of representatives from The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Counsel, Motorcycle Training Institutions, Police, The British Columbia and Canada Safety Counsels, The British Columbia Coalition of Motorcyclists, the BC Coroners Service and the riding community.

They made the following recommendations:

  • Require mandatory industry certification for all motorcycle helmets.
  • Establish a graduated-licence program for new riders.
  • Implement a zero-tolerance blood-alcohol policy for new riders.
  • Issue a different-coloured licence plate to motorcyclists who hold a learner’s licence.
  • Re-evaluate existing standards for training schools and instructor certification.
  • Expand the scope of coroner’s investigations involving motorcycle deaths to include more data and compile it in a specific section for better analysis in the future.


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