SGI implementing Graduated Driver's Licensing for motorcyclists
May 26, 2011
SGI wants to make sure every motorcycle enthusiast is ready to ride. That's why on June 18 SGI is implementing the Motorcycle Graduated Driver's Licensing (MGDL) program as a part of its commitment to improving traffic safety.
“A graduated licensing program with experience-based restrictions will help new motorcyclists develop safe riding skills, leading to a reduction in collisions, injuries and deaths,” said Minister Responsible for SGI Tim McMillan.
The three stages in the MGDL program for new motorcycle drivers are Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2. As riders move through the stages, they will see fewer restrictions until they graduate to an experienced M endorsed motorcycle licence.
Motorcyclists who already have their M endorsement will not be part of the MGDL program. Those who already have an endorsement 6 (motorcycle learner) on their driver's licence will automatically be placed in the MGDL Learner stage.
“SGI consulted with law enforcement and motorcycle groups to come up with a program that will work for them. The Motorcycle Graduated Driver's Licensing program will help ensure motorcyclists have the riding skills to keep themselves and other road users safe,” McMillan said.
In the past, motorcyclists didn't have to demonstrate any road skills to drive a motorcycle in Saskatchewan, but now they will be required to take a road test to move through the MGDL program. SGI continues to encourage all riders to take a motorcycle training course.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.