Tough li­cence test to stem biker deaths

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS may soon find it harder to get a mo­tor­cy­cle li­cence un­der new rules be­ing con­sid­ered to com­bat a spike in road deaths.

The State Gov­ern­ment is think­ing about in­tro­duc­ing a learner li­cence prac­ti­cal test and ex­tend­ing the pe­riod riders spend on their L- plates and re­stricted li­cences.

There have been 32 mo­tor­cy­clere­lated deaths in Queens­land this year, a rise of 60 per cent over the same time last year.

Main Roads Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley is seek­ing com­mu­nity feed­back af­ter launch­ing a dis­cus­sion pa­per and an online sur­vey yesterday.

“It’s in the first three years of get­ting their li­cence that the great­est risk is there for mo­tor­cy­cle riders,” he said.

“We’re propos­ing a num­ber of mea­sures that we’d like to hear from the Queens­land com­mu­nity about.” Car driv­ers who want a mo­tor­bike learner li­cence now do not have to sit a prac­ti­cal test.

There is no min­i­mum pe­riod be­fore learn­ers can take the prac­ti­cal test for a re­stricted li­cence.

They can grad­u­ate from the re­stricted li­cence, which has a zero- al­co­hol and no- pas­sen­ger re­quire­ment, to an un­re­stricted li­cence in one year.

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