Representatives of the motorcycle industry in Quebec are urging the government to revive the courses and examinations of the driving of a motorcycle, as early as 25 may, fearing that the season would be wiped out by the pandemic.
The training of motorcyclists is on pause for the last two months, and time is of the essence, since the period is extended only for six months.
“There is an urgency to act, already two months passed without an offer of training, the months with the most traffic,” explained Lise Champagne, president of the Association of driving schools of Quebec.
The recovery date of may 25, is applied to the regions least affected by the pandemic.
“To revive the wheel of the economy, the machine, we want to say to the government and to the public health that we will do everything that they ask for it to be able to offer a professional service and security to our customers,” says Ms. Champagne.
Sylvain Bergeron, president of the Fédération motocycliste du Québec (QMF) and Lise Champagne, president of the Association of driving schools of Quebec (AECQ).
It refers to the access to sanitation facilities, such as wash basins, soap and a distancing regulatory.
“Driving schools are ready to start safely,” she continued.
Annually, in Quebec, approximately 11 000 motorcycle license are issued.
“We are very far from it. I don’t have a figure, but there has almost not been issued, this year,” argues Ms. Champagne.
As the practical training is not possible for the moment, it is impossible for the apprentices to go to their exams.
Good for the moral
Not only is it estimated that the bike has an importance in the economic landscape of Quebec, she believes that she can also support the morale of the fans.
“Over the past two months, Quebecers’ lives is turned upside down by the pandemic. We are confident that the bike fits into an economic recovery for all regions of Québec, in addition to providing a leisure activity is beneficial to good mental health”, she says.
For his part, Sylvain Bergeron, president of the Fédération motocycliste du Québec (QMF), believes that the training courses should also resume soon.
“The training is aimed at improving the road safety record,” he argued, adding that this passion is a real “therapy of happiness”.
Moreover, his remarks are similar to those of Ms. Champagne, as the economic contribution of the motorcycle, for Quebec.
“Quebec represents 34% of the canadian economy at the level of the bike, it represents 400 000 000$ annually”, he concludes.