Full Driving Licence for Motorcycles, County Meath, Ireland - Councils, Community, Business and Investment, Tourism
This could be extended again to newer licences.
I cycle to work every day and drive when I need to, in both activities I respect the rules of the road (I also have my driver's license on me in both cases, the latter so I can be recognised if I'm unconscious!), it is bad to see the chances cyclists take and I'm sure only a matter of time before I witness my next cyclist accident. It is also annoying as a motorist as I know from a relative's experience how psychologically damaging it can be to knock someone off their bike and seriously hurt them.
And you want to reinstate that ability to all B licence holders just so as to put tax and insurance on bicycles?
You know why the Gov't seperated bike and car licences? Because too many stupid car drivers thought they could ride a bike without any training or test whatsoever.
I just had another look through the RotR and there is nothing about riding any motorbike on a B licence or about a B licence permitting the holder to ride a Category A/A1 vehicle. And the Rules of the Road is the rule book for motoring and road use.
Oh yeah, it seems that only Meath CC has that "add-on" listed.
Last edited by myksav; 11th September 2012 at 06:31 PM.
I was conducting some research today, having nearly been run over by a car making an illegal turn at speed this morning and then coming home and nearly being run over by a bus that cut me off and nearly drove right over me:
So what does research in terms of cyclists and safety tell us? Contrary to assertions that cyclist are suicidal on this thread and are their own worst enemy, a study conducted by Australian researchers found that:
Helmet-cam captures bike accidents (and could make cycling safer)In 87% of the events captured, the driver was responsible for the action that preceded the event. In 74% of those events, the driver cut the cyclist off, turning in front of the cyclist without either:
- providing enough space
- indicating effectively
- a head check.
While I sometimes break lights on a left turn, I only ever do so while there is no on coming trafic or where the cycle lane is continuous. Despite the constant threat from careless motorists, cycling is an absolute necessity for me commuting to work. If I were to drive to work it would take twice as long, and given that bus routes head into town and back out, I'd be all over the place if I had to rely on it.
Despite their repeated attempts to kill me, I feel sympathy for motorists stuck in traffic, if only they knew cycling would save them hours of commuting time every week, studies have shown cycling to be faster than cars in rush hour:
Cyclists Travel Faster Than Cars During Rushhour
Last edited by Sucker Punch; 12th September 2012 at 11:45 PM.
The new licencing system came in around 1990. I don't know anyone who kept renewing their A unless they drove a motorbike.