DAVID Leyonhjelm, lead candidate for the Liberal Democrats, has pledged he will be a voice for motorcyclists, the oft-forgotten commuters, if he wins a spot in the Legislative Council this weekend.
“Riding motorcycles eases traffic congestion, produces less emissions and is often a more economical choice,” David said.
“The problem is that the NSW government does nothing to incentivise riding over driving a car or catching overcrowded public transport.
“It’s different In Melbourne, where motorbikes can be parked on the footpath in the CBD and do not have to pay tolls on all but one motorway, where they pay half the amount of cars. No such logic is found in NSW where motorcyclists are treated as second-class commuters and often subjected to outrageous fines.”
“With nearly 250,000 motorcycles registered in NSW in 2018, up 22 percent in five years, it is clear that there is an increasing appetite for other modes of transportation. In a congested city like Sydney, the laws need to encourage other safe means of getting around.
“The Liberal Democrats are the only party to have a policy specifically for motorbike riders. As a motorbike rider myself, I personally thank those who also opt for a motorbike and leave the car at home.
“You can support us by voting for the Liberal Democrats in the Legislative Council this weekend.”