Motorcyclists are reacting angrily to Europe’s new licence rules, revealed in a European Commission statement on Monday.
Changes approved by the European Commission will make it tougher than ever to get on two wheels.
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Anuvabika said: “Can we assume that car drivers will have to go through the same process. Lets say restricted to Nissan Micra until age 19. Not allowed anything more powerful than a Ford Fiesta 1.4 until the age of 24. Must not progress more than 200cc engine capacity for every 2 years of driving and then, if you are really good, you can have a 2.0 saloon for your 40th birthday!
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Thomsonjuk takes issue with the Commissions assumption that motorcyclists are to blame for an increase in accidents:
“MAG has data from member states own statistics that deaths have reduced in relative terms. Motorcycle use has increased as have casualties - but the rate has decreased… Although not in the blame game regarding who causes accidents, the data from various sources puts accidents with motorcycles and other vehicles at over 50%. Therefore any targeted action in MAGs opinion should be with other vehicle drivers. The directive does not address car drivers and the licensing “regime” for these vehicles"
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wild_stuart storms: “Hypocritical! Let's prevent irresponsible teenagers (until they're 19) from riding bigger bikes.... but then, let's also allow 17 year olds loose with a 2 tonne car instead !"
Downright daft! Says SVER. “I know it's been said before but they should be trying to get more younger riders on board what with growing congestion and the resulting green-house gases!. This is doing the exact opposite, more young drivers/riders will now go the way of a Car Test. Not good at all.
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