Compare that with motorcycle and scooter crashes (excluding mopeds).
However, we note that there may be significantly fewer people riding mopeds on car licences.
It is impossible to gauge exact numbers given many may only hire them.
Queensland registration statistics also don’t different mopeds from motorcycles.
Western Australia’s Department of Transport also reviewed moped licensing in 2014.
“Discontinuing moped operation on a car licence was not supported due to there being little evidence that moped riders in WA were overrepresented in crashes compared to other powered two wheelers,” a spokesperson says.
“DoT would reconsider moped operation on a car licence should data show that moped riders are overrepresented in crashes in WA, and that there was evidence to support that discontinuing the approach would result in considerable road safety benefits.”
WA registration stats show a 33% increase in moped registrations from 2011 to 2015.
“This could have been attributed to an increase in traffic congestion, lack of available parking, need for economical and convenient transport and that the holder of any valid class of driver s licence is also authorised to ride a moped,” the spokesperson says.
Pros and cons
We can see pros and cons in allowing drivers to ride mopeds.
On the positive side, it’s great for tourist areas where foreigners can hire a moped to get around.
It also allows drivers to experience the thrill of riding and hopefully encourage them to go for their full licence.
The licensing also allows inner-city residents to get around cheaply and conveniently without the expense of a motorcycle licence they may never need.
There is also a host of great light electric motorcycles and scooters hitting the market that qualify under the moped rules.
On the negative side, we see a lot of stupid moped riders doing some dangerous and illegal things on the roads.
An example is filtering. It is illegal to filter unless you are a fully licensed rider, for a start.
Secondly, we see moped riders filter to the front of a queue of traffic at the lights only to hold everyone up when the lights go green because of their slow acceleration.
(Maybe if they increased it from 50cc to 125cc as in Europe, this would no longer be a problem.)
Unfortunately, the ire drivers feel toward some idiot moped riders filters across to legal and sensible motorcyclists!
What do you think? Should moped licensing be extended to other states? Should there be some sort of competency course first? Leave your comments below.