As a part of the BC Government’s new Bike Safety Plan, bike repair shops in the province will have to get approval from the BC Motorcycle Safety Board to offer their services to the public.
The new plan also allows for private repair shops to be allowed to operate under licence.
The BC Motorcyclist Safety Board has decided that private repair shop operators must be licensed to provide motorcycle safety repair services and the province is also going to require all bike shops to conduct their own inspection and training.
The new policy also requires all businesses to adhere to strict motorcycle safety policies, including a mandatory five-day training course, as well as a “bicycle and motor vehicle inspection and testing” requirement.
The BMSB says that, based on its review, the BMSBs Motorcycle Shop Inspection Policy (MIP) and Motorcycle Repair Shop Inspection Standards (MRIS) are the most comprehensive and effective motorcycle safety standards in Canada.
The MIP states that all motorcycle repair shops must meet a minimum safety standard, such as a minimum motorcycle safety inspection of 20% of the total inspection area, the MIP also specifies that motorcycle repair stores must also maintain a minimum of 15% of their work area free of debris and dust.
The MRIS states that motorcycle shops must maintain a safe and clean work environment, maintain equipment that is not in use and meet safety standards for the safety of all persons and property.
In the past, there have been some challenges for private motorcycle repair businesses in the BC province.
The BC Motorbike Safety Board recently stated that it would be “very helpful” if private motorcycle shops in BC would abide by the requirements of the Motorcycle Insurance Regulations (MIR) and that a new private motorcycle shop licence would be available for applicants to operate in BC.
A spokesperson for the BC Department of Transport says that the BMA will provide an update on the status of private motorcycle and motorcycle repair shops by the end of October.
The department has not yet received any applications for new licences.
The Department of Motor Vehicles has also set up a website for people to request motorcycle repair jobs in BC, which will be updated on a regular basis.
The website has also been set up to provide information on motorcycle repair locations in BC and a list of current and former motorcycle repair services.
If you or anyone you know needs help, contact the B.C. Motorcycle Club at 1-877-874-9222, or the BBM Club at 604-929-9200.