Those paranoid riders who believe the authorities will eventually legislate motorcycles out of existence will find no joy in this latest development!
The American Motorcyclist Association has strongly objected to the lack of motorcycling safety strategies in the report and the lack of consultation with their organisation.
“While we are concerned about unsafe drivers on our roads, we are alarmed at this proposal, which would give insurance companies license to dictate which vehicles can and can’t use public roads,” AMA spokesman Wayne Allard says.
“There have been previous attempts by insurance companies to ban classes of motorcycles. By endorsing this proposal, the Road to Zero Coalition is accepting the logic that some motorcycles, despite meeting federal and state requirements for use on public roads, don’t belong on those roads.”
The Road to Zero report also places a lot of trust in new autonomous vehicle technology to make roads safer.
“It is vital that motorcycles be part of the testing and development of these technologies, if they are to truly have the safety benefits for motorcyclists that the AMA and the Road to Zero Coalition hope they can have,” Allard says.
The report also suggests the application of automotive technology to motorcycles, such as automatic emergency braking, without any discussion of the potential for unintended consequences for motorcyclist training or the safety of motorcyclists.