REGINA – New motorcycle laws have taken effect in Saskatchewan.
Riders in the motorcycle graduated driver licensing (MGDL) program must now display a placard on their motorcycle plate. Learner riders have to display a red “L” while novice 1 and 2 riders are required to display a green “N”.
Another change is the hours MGDL learners can ride. Riding is not allowed from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise.
There are also new equipment requirements for those in the program. MGDL riders must now have arms and legs covered, wear hand-covered gloves, boots that cover ankles and an approved three-quarter, modular or full-face helmet.
Starting July 16, people wanting to get a motorcycle learner’s licence must hold a Class 5 or higher license and have either passed a basic ability test or completed an approved motorcycle training program beforehand.
A change that affects all riders is an increase in safe driver recognition and driver improvement program points for certain traffic convictions.
Also, inspections are now required for all motorcycles deemed a total loss or that were most recently registered in another jurisdiction.
The province approved the changes after the recommendations were made by the motorcycle review committee earlier this year.