Actually I had a blast reading the amendment to the Traffic Act 2005. There are some really amusing oversights that I have noticed just by reading the supplement to the gazette.
The legal riding age for a moped has now gone up from 17 to 18. To be honest that is not a change I welcome, because there are some really enthusiastic young people who ride very sensibly and I don't see that making them wait a year longer will do anything other than make them ride faster to make up for lost time!
This bit made me laugh;
"Two-wheel vehicles or three-wheel vehicles with a
maximum design speed of not more than 45 km/h"
I remember my first moped which my mum and dad bought me, it was a Yamaha BWs that was about 6 years old when I got it and was falling apart from the inside out, even that I got up to 60km/h so by and large this particular section of the legislation is putting moped dealers out of business.
This reminds me of a recent change to the traffic act which basically said you dont need to wear a helmet if your riding anything less than a 50cc. Of course most of the time you see 50cc its actually a 49 cc and so of course this led in an increase in smart alec kids riding around with no helmets on.
The A1 category hasnt changed too much other than the increase in age.
Interestingly however the A2 license i.e. anything up to 35 kw has not changed and remains at 18.
The changes to A Class is interesting:
The minimum age for category A
is 20 years. However, access to the driving of
motorcycles of this category shall be subject to a
minimum of two years’ experience on
motorcycles under an A2 licence. This
requirement as to previous experience shall be
waived if the candidate is at least 24 years old.
So either be 20 years old AND have a minimum of 2 years riding an A2 class motorcycle OR be 24 years old. Its very balanced and goes to show that there are two sides to the debate held on another thread on the forum.
The legislation makes no mention of a CBT but does talk about limited validity for novice riders i.e. same as now any one can ride on 'L' plates for a period of 3 months, at the end of such time they can pay another fiver to get it renewed.