Push for new licence for dirt bikers
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