I’ve found myself reading a handful of law/safety-related stories recently (here, here, here and here) and it’s gotten me thinking about the Right Way To Do Things. Obviously, the Right Way To Do Things is my way, because I’m brilliant and I have all the answers. One day people will recognise this and I will ascend to my rightful place as Emperor of the United States.
- A rider holds a Tier 1 license after successfully completing his or her motorcycle exams. The holder of a Tier 1 license is restricted to vehicles with no more than 47 bhp.
- After 2 years, assuming the rider’s driving record is clean, his or her license will automatically be upgraded to Tier 2 status. If the rider has been cited for speeding, dangerous riding or other major traffic offenses, the Tier 2 upgrade will be applied 2 years after the date of the most recent citation. The holder of a Tier 2 license is restricted to vehicles producing 100 bhp or less.
- After 2 more years, again assuming a clean record, the rider’s license is automatically upgraded to Unrestricted status. At this point, he or she is free to ride a motorcycle of any power output.
- The licensing system is applied irrespective of age, placing the emphasis on actual experience rather than perceived maturity.
- DUI or DWI convictions result in the automatic revocation of an individual’s motorcycle license. To regain his or her license, the rider must again go through the examination process and work his/her way back up through the tiered licensing system. An individual’s motorcycling privileges are permanently revoked if he or she receives three DUI/DWI convictions.