Catch 22 – No Plate Dirt Bikes
July 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm #4087TrialsRiderParticipant
Got pulled over yesterday by the local constabularies and informed that my Trials bike, which was in the back of my pick-up truck at the time, requires an off road vehicle plate and registration. I informed the officers that it does not require one as it is used exclusively on private property in practice and while competing within club sanctioned Observed Motorcycle Trials events. My explanation was initially rejected and argued, then subsequently accepted and I was release with only a warning.
So, today I visited first the local Ministry of Transport and then the local Provincial Police to confirm;
Motorcycles operated in sanctioned competition events and otherwise operated on private property, qualify exempt from Ministry of Transport vehicle registration and plating.
It has been suggested by other riders that in the Province of Quebec; it is illegal to transport any motor vehicle on an open trailer or truck bed, unless the vehicle is plated. but, It is ok to transport a non-plated motorcycle within an enclosed truck or trailer.
…problem is I compete in Quebec on occasion and my bike sits sideways, high up on the truck, right behind the cab when I travel.
You input is welcome !July 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm #27378MunchParticipant
get a written slip from the trans dept stating whatever law it is and carry it with you. May not keep you from being pulled, but will prevent a ticket.July 8, 2010 at 2:11 am #27380eonParticipant
Or throw a cover over itJuly 8, 2010 at 11:59 am #27383TrialsRiderParticipant
Unfortunately, it’s more a fact of ‘race bikes’ not being classified by MTO, rather than an article specifically identifying them as exempt. I went with bill of sale in hand to purchase an off road plate and could not get one. I will inquire with the PQ police and ask if a cover will suffice, but it was suggested the machine had to be totally enclosed from view or is subject to inspection. Apparently this includes even lawn tractors in that province !
Would also be interested to hear what others are required to do with their motocross and roadracers, because I travel across both Canada and US for competition events and plan to do so even more when I retire.
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