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2013-10-14 09:12

CLAMPDOWN ON BIKERS: Wheels24 reader WOUTER BRAND believes that travelling in groups and biker/driver herd-mentality are one of the leading causes for serious bike crashes. Image: AFP

WOUTER BRAND

'Group travel and monkey see, monkey do mentality is one of the main causes for serious bike accidents,' Wheels24 reader WOUTER BRAND said he would support Australia's proposed 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.

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 said a proposed ban would be a violation of human rights and JOHANN VAN TONDER agreed: "Het die Aussies nou heeltemal mal geword? Nanny state of note!"

‘MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO’

Wheels24 reader Wouter Brand responded and said he would support Queensland's proposed laws:

Johann, I will support this legislation if it comes to South Africa. Group travel and "monkey see, monkey do" mentality is one of the main causes for serious bike crashes.

As for safety, I will also support legislation making it illegal to ride pillion (with a passenger at the back).

When registering a bike, a rider should demonstrate that he/she can pick up the bike up easily and the bike cannot weigh more than 1.5 times the weight of the rider.

We should make it illegal to ride bike on public roads with a power to weight ratio more than 150kw per tonne, total weight that is (weight of rider plus the weight of bike.)

DRIVER HERD-MENTALITY IN ACTION

A video shows how one impatient driver irresponsibly drove through a red traffic light – a common occurrence. Incredibly not one, but FOUR, drivers followed suit. Watch as drivers exhibit negligent herd-mentality!

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