Bike modifications legal in Canada but illegal in the U.S.
The Canadian government says it will not legalize the use of bike modifications in the country, saying it will only allow people to sell the modifications.
The move comes after a federal judge in Toronto ruled last month that some Canadian law enforcement agencies were abusing their power to seize motorcycles and other items.
But in a written ruling released Monday, Justice Michael Gagnon said the police officers in question could be prosecuted if they used the bikes and other modifications to commit offences.
The decision came in a lawsuit brought by the families of two men killed in an accident in April 2016.
The lawsuit alleged the officers violated the Civilian Conservation and Disposal of Weapons Act, which prohibits police from confiscating any property unless there is a specific and compelling reason.
The officers involved in the accident were later found to have lied about their involvement.
“I do not see how the defendants could lawfully have taken advantage of the officers’ actions, which were reasonable under the circumstances,” Gagnons decision says.
He adds that the officers could not have used the modifications as part of their work as a police officer, because they had been ordered to do so by a court order.
The ruling is expected to be appealed.
A Toronto police spokesperson said Monday the force is “not aware of any criminal cases related to the bike modifications.”
The police union said it would have no comment.