Stop Bill 117...Allow Our Children To Ride sign now

"Bill 117 from Markham MPP Helena Jackek

An Act to amend the Highway Traffic Act to prohibit the driving and operation of motorcycles with child passengers

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

1. The Highway Traffic Act is amended by adding the following section:
Prohibition of passengers under 14 years old on motorcycles
38.1 No person shall drive or operate a motorcycle on a highway if another person under the age of 14 years is a passenger on the motorcycle.
2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent."

(Actual published version: )

It was announced Monday, November 3, that Bill 117 (Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Child Passengers on Motorcycles), 2008) passed first reading. It would ban all kids under 14 from being passengers on motorcycles.

As a father, and as a very proud parent, who loves cruising on my motorcycle, it saddens me, that I may now have to tell my 5 year old son, that he will no longer be allowed to join Daddy for any more rides until he's 14 years of age. For a year now, my son, has had the privilege of little jaunts on Daddy's ride around the neighbourhood, FULLY AND PROPERLY CLOTHED, WITH A DOT APPROVED PROPERLY FITTED HELMET, so that he could become accustomed to the proper riding and safety techniques of riding a motorcycle on the road. This is a privilege that I have allowed him, and even at 5, he has shown the maturity and respect that it takes to be a passenger on a motorcycle.

This is now no longer going to be available to him!...or to anyone else out there with children, and the love to ride.

I'm not stupid either, as I write this petition. I know that I am possibly considered negligent towards my son, but I know where and when I can take him. But...if I am negligent than so is our school bus systems and our city transit commissions. Should we stop putting our children on buses too?! Should we stop them from climbing the jungle gyms at our local parks?! What's next??!! If this is the case we should take them off their pedal bikes too!!

I never ever wish any harm on my son, or any other child out there, but seriously, what IS next. The Ontario government persistently continues to work against the motorcyclist and motorcycling community. They continue to stereotype us as criminal outlaws and deem us irresponsible and negligent. This has to stop!

The politicians who produce these laws, by simple statistics, which are just that...statistics, should further their research and not jump so hastily into law making rubbish!!

Please...please consider this petition and join me, by signing your name if you disagree with Bill 117 and the views of Markham MPP Helena Jackek.

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  • 13 February 2016839. Lynn N
    Who are you to decide what is best for my kids, worry about your kids and I will worry about mine Address, Postal/Zip Code Ottawa
  • 12 February 2016838. Matt W
    I concur with the author Address, Postal/Zip Code 52 Porterfield Crescent, Thornhill, L3T4S7
  • 11 February 2016837. Kevin J
    I support this petition
  • 10 February 2016836. John H
    I cannot believe that this bill was dreamt up in the first place. The existing legislation is more than adequate. I have been in this industry for nearly 30 years, co-own 2 Harley-Davidson dealerships and can't imagine any positive impact this would have.
  • 10 February 2016835. Brian Wmb
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  • 10 February 2016832. David G
    the goverment need to stop trying to control us
  • 10 February 2016831. Ken D
    we as adults should be able to make the decision to allow our children to ride with us, as long as they can reach the pegs
  • 09 February 2016830. Jim M
    I support this petition
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  • 07 February 2016825. John M
    13 and 10 year old kids and they are competant to ride safely. Address, Postal/Zip Code 33 Peterson Place, Kanata, K2L 4A8
  • 07 February 2016824. Kimble T
    Please do not deny my kids the feeling of riding with daddy on da HOG....I can understand if there was basis for this bill i.e many incidents of fatalities, but the records do not show it, DO NOT TRY AND FIX SOMETHING THAT IS NOT BROKEN....THANK YOU
  • 06 February 2016823. Lucie L
    Let parents make their choice.
  • 06 February 2016822. Dave W
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  • 05 February 2016821. Brett B
    Accidents can happen anywhere!!! Address, Postal/Zip Code 2345 Cotswold Crs #12
  • 05 February 2016820. Jeff S
    This is a little rediculous... Let our kids grow up and stop trying to shelter them from The World... I think these policy makers are OldSchool from the Disney Era and are living in a fantacy land far removed from REALITY
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    "Get a Grip!"
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  • 01 February 2016813. Art L
    Another example of the nanny state we live in. Address, Postal/Zip Code K0A 2P0

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Ontario MPPs and Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario


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