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FREEDOM ON THE OPEN ROAD: Wheels24 READER SCHALK COETZEE believes riding with others makes a journey special as riders share the experience of the open road. Image: AFP


‘Human rights will be violated not to mention friendships ruined,’ says Wheels24 reader SCHALK COETZEE as Australia considered a ban on motorcyclists riding in groups of three or more.

Earlier in 2013 Wheels24 reported that heavily armed police swooped on Hell's Angels clubhouses in a series of raids in Melbourne and seized guns, ammunition, drugs and cash.

The crackdown came after new "anti-fortification" laws came into effect which allow police to tear down barriers, cameras and booby traps at club facilities.

New laws are being drafted in Queensland to ban motorcyclists riding in groups of three or more to stop them using numbers to intimidate.

Wheels24 reader SCHALK COETZEE believes a proposed ban would be a violation of human rights:

The main reason for purchasing a two-wheeled vehicle is freedom - freedom to take on the road and just be one with yourself and/or the surroundings that pass. Now it seems Australia is going to start a worldwide phenomenon. Australia is going to breed a problem by banning people riding together in a group of three or more.

First, the question would arise as to how this will be looked at by the rest of the world? It opens such an array of interpretation from various countries and will definitely stir up a lot of resistance within democratic countries.

Would it really be viable for governments to look at this resolution? Friendships will come to ruin and a basic human right will be violated.

It will mean that adults will be treated like children.

I am a biker not affiliated to ANY club and/or gang. Riding with others is special as you share the experience of the open road.

Is this democracy in action or what? Three in a group - what happened to freedom of association? Is this the same mob who tried to ban biker club badges? Bet they all drive Holdens! Anyway, Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24.

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