09 Feb '11, 1pm
Our reader calls for lane restriction and lower speed limits for motorbikes. Agree?
THERE are three ways to make motoring safer for motorcyclists ('Riding in fast lanes 'raises risk for m-cyclists''; Jan 28). First, motorcyclists should be restricted to riding along the middle of the extreme left lane of the road. They should be allowed to use the right lane only for overtaking or making right turns. They should stick to the middle of the right lane while travelling as well as this would make them more visible to other motorists. Motorcyclists should be banned from weaving in and out of traffic and from riding between lanes. Because of blind spots, drivers are generally unable to see objects that are close to the sides of their vehicles. Moreover, they may not always be looking into their mirrors and may not notice a motorcyclist who weaves between lanes and appears suddenly. As with heavy vehicles, lower speed limits should be imposed on motorcycles.