Motorcycle bells ringers are no longer allowed to hang around on the streets, with the ACT Government saying they’re no longer permitted to hang on a street in the capital Canberra.
Key points:The ACT Government says it is removing the rules from motorcycle shops in Canberra, and in other cities including Sydney and MelbourneMotorcycle bells rangers will now be asked to leave if they are in a public placeThe ACT Police and ACT Ambulance Service are also looking at removing the ruleThe ACT Transport Minister says the change is a reaction to motorcycle crime, which saw people driving around the capital for hours at a time.
“The rules have been removed, and the rules have also been removed from motorcycle bell rings and other shops on the street,” ACT Transport minister Chris Hogg said.
“They’ve also been changed to apply to all motorcycle bell shops in the ACT.”
Mr Hogg says he is aware of a number of reports from the ACT of people driving about the city for hours on end.
“We’ve heard reports of people leaving their bikes on the side of the road, with no signs of a sign of the bell,” he said.
“It’s something that we want to make sure is not happening in the future.”
The ACT police and ambulance service are also examining the issue and looking into how it might be possible to prevent such crimes from occurring in the city.
Mr Higg says the rules are not about banning the bell ringer from the street, but about ensuring the bells are ringing in a safe and orderly manner.
“There will be a review of those rules in the near future and it’s something we will look at to make that happen,” he told ABC Radio Canberra.
“As a reminder, it’s OK to hang your bells on the outside of the shop.
You can hang them from the outside as well.”
Mr Hooper says he doesn’t know why the ACT Police are now taking action to remove the rule.
“It’s a bit odd to me that it’s being put forward by the ACT Policing Service and the ACT Ambulsary Service and they’re both doing the same thing,” he explained.
“What we’re doing is we’re removing the restriction to motorcycles on the roads in the centre of Canberra, but we’re not removing the restrictions to the streets.”
The changes will apply to the ACT’s roads and bike paths for the next 12 months.
Topics:crime,crime-prevention,crime,law-crime-and-justice,government-and to-business,police,act,canberra-2600,act-5606,vic,tas,canadaFirst posted January 08, 2019 09:59:35Contact Alex DeaneMore stories from Western Australia