Petition against moped license

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Petition against moped license

Postby avai007 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:01 pm

You may have heard now that there is a proposal to introduce a moped license in NZ.

They have never required a special license to ride in NZ before. In all other countries a moped license is only required for riders who are not eligible for a car license because of their age.

The Draft Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule [2011] would require all riders of mopeds to obtain a special moped licence which would involve a written test, basic handling skills test and be at least 15 years of age.
Section 19B imposes a condition on the moped licence, which would be that drivers are limited to no passengers (even if the moped is a genuine 2-seater).

The move to introduce moped licensing in NZ comes after a string of legislation changes and cost increases for us.

Moped riders contribute to NZ's productivity by more quickly getting their riders between work and home, as well as producing far less exhaust emissions. Additionally by trying to price mopeds out of the public's bag of transport options, ACC and NZTA are forcing increasing numbers of people to more expensive, or more polluting, or slower methods of moving around our cities.

The 'NZTA Crash List Detail Report' shows that 86% of all motorbike accidents involved another vehicle while, according to the 'Motorcycle Crash Fact Sheet' again produced by NZTA, four out of five of the most common crash types have a significant majority of other vehicles CAUSING the crash (ranging from 96% to 76%).

Considering we do fantastic things for our cities and environment but receive no recognition for these positive contributions the draft amendment rule above is unacceptable! Don't let these agencies take away any more of your right to choose a better form of transport while blaming us instead of the real cause - uneducated, unaware car drivers.

Statistics from the NZTA's own Crash Analysis System (CAS) shows that, of the 283 crashes involving mopeds between 2005 and 2009, 204 (72%) of them were the fault of another party.
Of this 72%, 83% was "Failure to Look", "Failure to Give Way" or "Failure to Stop" - Basic fundamental road rules that we should all observe.

According to the statistics, the number of new moped registrations is rising quickly, but the rate of moped accidents is dropping. So why should we scooter riders have to pay, yet again for the accidents that we are NOT causing most of?

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