The Australian Country Alliance party says it wants to see new laws allowing juniors to ride off road motorbikes on roads designated for ‘recreational registration’ such as forest tracks as part of supervised organised events. The policy will not enable bikes to be ridden on roads normally used by the public.
The new policy is aimed at supporting organised off road biking family activities and help break a long standing ban on kids helping to work on farms.
Upper house candidate, Andrew Jones, said the policy has a lot of support among the off road trail bike community and provided practical solutions in country areas.
"Motorcycling Victoria and the Victorian Motorcycling Council have provided us with letters of support and it is possible other organisations will also do the same," he said.
Mr Jones said the party was also organising an election forum for organisations that cater for off road activities to help them to understand how to make this an election issue. Organisations interested in the forum, which will be held in early October, should contact the party through its website.
The policy is:
We want a licence that permits 14 year olds to participate in a limited range of riding activities under existing recreational motorcycle registration arrangements.
Australian Country Alliance will seek the introduction of a recreational motorbike licence to enable 14 to 18 year olds to work on the land (complying with WorkCover requirements) and participate in recreational motorbike activities organised by recognised clubs and under the supervision of a fully licensed motorbike rider.
Current arrangements do not permit this, and there is a need to fill this void. The licence would apply only to those areas where 'recreational motorcycle registration' applies (such as forest roads), under supervision of fully licensed riders in a club environment, and would not permit the use of motorbikes on roads normally used by the public.
The licence would limit the riding of motorbikes approved under the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme.