Push for new li­cence for dirt bik­ers

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

DUBBO’S in­au­gu­ral mo­tor­bike rally at­tracted plenty of peo­ple to town and brought lo­cal mo­tor­bike fans out in droves, but it also saw plenty of in­dus­try peo­ple in town to spruik their wares or push their is­sues.

Brian Wood made the trip from Syd­ney just to let peo­ple know about a pe­ti­tion be­ing circulated to urge the state gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce lim­ited recre­ational reg­is­tra­tion for dirt bikes.

He said it would slash the cost for riders who use their bikes in­fre­quently and make our roads safer.

“We’ve been push­ing for recre­ational reg­is­tra­tion in NSW for quite a num­ber of years but for one rea­son or an­other we’ve not been able to get it over the line, so we’re hop­ing that this pe­ti­tion will spark a de­bate in par­lia­ment and get a num­ber of politi­cians in­ter­ested in it,” Mr Wood told

“The scheme works very well in Vic­to­ria. Down there it’s only $81.50 to reg­is­ter a dirt bike and it means that guys who are not will­ing to spend 500 to 600 bucks for full rego at least get recre­ational reg­is­tra­tion which makes them le­gal – it means that they’re not be­ing chased by the rangers or the po­lice be­cause they do have reg­is­tra­tion.

“I guess it just brings them more into the fold,” Mr Wood said, adding that the Vic­to­rian sys­tem has seen more money spent on recre­ational dirt bik­ers, in­clud­ing more spend­ing to im­prove the ar­eas where they can leave their trail­ers while they’re rid­ing.

The re­sponse from the bik­ers gath­ered in Dubbo was strong, de­spite the fact they were al­most ex­clu­sively at the rally on road bikes.

Mr Wood says recre­ational reg­is­tra­tion means you can’t ride in a built-up area, but you can ride on dirt roads or lo­cal coun­try roads and in state for­est ar­eas.

“(With a recre­ational li­cence) you can ride on the roads for as many days as you like, but most of those us­ing it don’t ride that much any­way – that’s why so many are re­luc­tant to take out full rego be­cause they only use the bikes a few times a year. To spend the money on full reg­is­tra­tion would be an ex­pen­sive way to have some recre­ational ac­tiv­ity,” he said, point­ing out the ad­van­tages historic car, motorcycle and truck users have gained since they’ve had ac­cess to a lim­ited reg­is­tra­tion scheme which has cut costs of own­ing and op­er­at­ing part-time ve­hi­cles.

“In NSW you can get club rego, which is ac­tu­ally Historic reg­is­tra­tion for the clas­sic ve­hi­cles scheme where ve­hi­cles are over 30 years old and for a very lim­ited use. (That sys­tem has shown that) peo­ple will em­brace and even buy ve­hi­cles be­cause they can legally use them on the roads with­out hav­ing the oner­ous ex­pense of full reg­is­tra­tion,” Mr Wood said.

“Historic or clas­sic reg­is­tra­tion means the own­ers of those types of ve­hi­cles can use them and en­joy them at a rea­son­able cost, rather than hav­ing them stuck in a garage some­where where no one sees it.”

Mr Wood says the gen­eral pub­lic likes see­ing those older ve­hi­cles out on the road and be­ing used.

“This is just com­mon sense be­cause it’s far bet­ter to get some­one in the sys­tem who’s got a reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle rather than run­ning the risk of rid­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle – be­cause it also means that if you run into some­one, you’ve got some in­sur­ance. If you get hit by an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle then ba­si­cally you have to go af­ter the per­son who owned the ve­hi­cle who caused the crash. At least if the ve­hi­cle’s reg­is­tered then un­der the CTP scheme you can make a claim,” he said.

The pe­ti­tion is an ini­tia­tive the La­bor state Mem­ber for Wallsend So­nia Hornery.

“Riders are con­cerned that in­creas­ing de­vel­op­ment and the ex­clu­sion of dirt bike riders from ar­eas around the state’s ma­jor pop­u­la­tion cen­tres has left riders with very few ar­eas to ride,” Ms Hor­ney said.

“This is re­sult­ing in in­creas­ing il­le­gal, ir­re­spon­si­ble and in­con­sid­er­ate use of dirt bikes in semi-ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas, and riders ven­tur­ing into more rugged and re­mote ter­rain.

“Riders are call­ing for a scheme to grant cheaper recre­ational reg­is­tra­tion and CTP in­sur­ance to dirt bike own­ers that will al­low them to reg­is­ter their bikes for a rea­son­able cost and use them in State Forests and Na­tional Parks,” she said.

Once the pe­ti­tion reaches 10,000 phys­i­cal sig­na­tures, she plans to ta­ble it in Par­lia­ment. RAIN­BOW flags and rain­bow cross­ings will be on show at Dubbo Charles Sturt Univer­sity cam­pus in sup­port of the In­ter­na­tional Day against Ho­mo­pho­bia, Bi­pho­bia, In­ter­pho­bia and Trans­pho­bia (IDAHOBIT).

There will also be a pledge sign­ing in the CSU Dubbo Quad area to­mor­row (Fri­day, May 17) at 12.30pm.

The IDAHOBIT theme for 2019 is “Jus­tice and Pro­tec­tion for All” which is in recog­ni­tion that, in many places around the world, LGBTIQ peo­ple still face in­jus­tice and live in fear and dan­ger.

“One of the Univer­sity’s core val­ues is in­clu­siv­ity, and we are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing and sus­tain­ing a cul­ture in which sex­ual and gen­der di­ver­sity is not only ac­cepted but is af­firmed and cel­e­brated,” co-con­venor of CSU’S Ally net­work and as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Ali­son Ger­ard said.

Brian Wood wants to see the in­tro­duc­tion of lim­ited recre­ational reg­is­tra­tion for dirt bikes. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

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