Though there are plans to possibly allow motorcycles with engine capacities of up to 600 cubic centimetres (CC) into the territory, not all riders will be permitted to operate these larger bikes.
This is according to the head of the police Traffic Division, Sergeant Augustus Bruce who said the proposal to increase the territory’s motorcycle CC limit is still at the conceptualization stage.
Currently, motorcycles with an engine capacity of more than 125 CCs are not permitted in the territory. But, Sergeant Bruce told BVI News in a recent interview that motorcyclists will have to fulfil certain criteria to be eligible to upgrade to more powerful bikes, whenever the increase happens.
“The age will be a factor, his/her driving experience and what size cycle he/she intends to ride will also be a factor because it’s not everybody who will be qualified from a 125 to a 600. So all those factors will be factorized into the equation when it comes to the issuing of the license,” Sergeant Bruce said.
The top traffic cop added: “I’m of the opinion — and I would hope that will be the trend — that persons would go back to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) where they will do the motorcycle test … on the cycle for which they want to ride to ensure the competency of that rider.”
“A motorcycle is a separate class, it is different from a regular license in that the manoeuvre is different. So, therefore, it takes a person with specific skills to mind a scooter than to sit still in a car and drive, so all these factors have to take into consideration when upgrading a person from a 125 license to a 600,” he further said.
A lot of unlicensed scooter riders in BVI
Sergeant Bruce also told BVI News there are “a lot” of motor scooters on the territory’s roadways that are neither insured or licensed.
“Even the riders do not have motorcycle licenses. Most persons say they do not know that you need a motorcycle license to ride a motorcycle,” Sergent Bruce said.
Since being elected into government, both Premier Andrew Fahie, as well as Transportation Minister Kye Rymer, noted plans to allow larger motorcycles in the BVI. Just last month, Rymer stated in the House of Assembly that his ministry was currently reviewing the engine capacity restrictions on the importation of motorcycles.
A month prior to the minister’s announcement, Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews had said he believes the BVI should improve its road network and develop a comprehensive safety programme before larger motorcycles are introduced in the territory.
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