16 year old charged with careless driving on a 50cc minibike

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16 year old charged with careless driving on a 50cc minibike

by: martin1728 on
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:39 pm

My 16 year old son hit a vehicle while driving his 50 cc mini bike on a country road in the dark (with no lights). He has his g1 but not an m1. i know ignorance is no excuse but we didn't think he needed one for a mini bike. He is being charged with careless driving, not the correct licence and no insurance. The police officer set a court date. In reading these postings, I want to try and fight it for a lessor charge. I don't think it matters, but the truck he hit wasn't signalling turning into his driveway. Any tips or suggestions?
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by: iFly55 on
Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:44 pm

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2006/agen ... /it036.pdf
The Province maintains that pocket bikes are not permitted to be operated on roadways as they do not meet the safety standards, both federal and provincial, for vehicles that may be used on public roads. In particular, subsection 7(1) of the HTA provides that no person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway without a currently valid permit and plates issued in accordance with the HTA and its regulations. Since the MTO will not currently issue a permit or plates for pocket bikes, they may not legally operate on a highway (including sidewalks within the road allowance). As well, there is no class of drivers license that covers pocket bikes.

An individual who uses a pocket bike on a public road or highway may be charged with provincial offences under both the HTA and the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA).

The HTA contains several potential offences that might be relevant to the operation of pocket bikes on public roads, including: driving on a highway without a license for that class of vehicle, driving a vehicle without a VIN on a highway, and driving a vehicle on a highway without a permit and license plates.

The CAIA applies to all motor vehicles, as defined in the HTA. The most serious offence that may be relevant to pocket bike users is contained in subsection 2(1), which provides that no owner or lessee of a motor vehicle shall operate a motor vehicle or permit a motor vehicle to be operated on a highway unless the motor vehicle is insured under a contract of automobile insurance. Subsection 2(7) of the Act provides that where a person is convicted of operating a vehicle without insurance, the vehicle may be seized and impounded, for a maximum of three months.
The charges your son faces are very serious, and it will be in your best interest to seek counsel (paralegal/lawyer) who's familiar with pocket-bike charges.

Even if your son had a fully graduated M-class drivers license, i believe drive without correct license may apply... because there are no class of license that covers pocket bikes; no insurance company would insure a pocket-bike for road-use, so that would apply as well.

I think the investigating police officer could have thrown the book, because it appears much more HTA charges should have applied.

Careless Driving is one of the most serious charges in the HTA; your son should not have been on the road at all, so it opens a whole can of worms as to whether he can exercise "due diligence" regardless of whether the other driver is partially at-fault.

Again, in your best interest to seek counsel.
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