Zero alcohol and tougher tests likely for Qld motorcyclists

LEARNER motorcyclists are likely to face tougher testing procedures and extended zero-alcohol limits under a swathe of new laws under the Queensland Government's consideration.

The proposed rules would make licensing tests tougher in Queensland than in any other state, as the government tries to stem a recent spate of motorbike deaths.

Thirty-two motorcyclists have already died on Queensland roads this year - a 60% increase over the corresponding period in 2014.

Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey on Sunday released a discussion paper proposing the new options, including a new minimum learner licence period for new riders and an extension of the restricted licence period.

Do you support moves to extend a motorcyclist's learner driver period?

This poll ended on 28 August 2015.

Current Results

Yes, car licence requires it, why not motorcylists too?

55%

No, some are ready earlier than others

42%

I'm not sure

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

New riders currently have no minimum amount of time they must remain on a learner licence, as long as they undertake a Q-Ride safety course before undergoing the test.

Extending the restricted licence period would mean lengthening the amount of time riders must remain on zero alcohol.

"We want to ensure novice riders are better prepared for riding on the road and are provided with more opportunities for skill development before moving on to an unrestricted licence," Mr Bailey said.

Mandatory off-road training courses and restrictions on novice riders carrying passengers are also under consideration.

The discussion paper was published online on Sunday night, alongside an online survey to gauge public opinion.

-APN NEWSDESK



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