It seemed like a reasonable travel requirement to us — plus he was shopping, which is also exempt!
So we asked NSW Police media for a clearer verdict.
This is the answer we received:
As you can appreciate there are many different scenarios in relation to COVID-19 restrictions. While we can not answer them all I would suggest in this case to travel to a destination to obtain a motor vehicle for the purpose of travelling to work would be a reasonable cause to travel. If he was pulled over it would be a matter of explaining to the officer the reason for your journey.
Elliot picked up his bike today (17 April 2020).
It’s a 2016 zX14r with tail tidy, seat cowl, 4m exhaust, double bubble screen, bar raisers and heated grips for $13000.
“I’m riding it like granny,” he says.
This is a win for Elliot and a win for commonsense.
We don’t pass any judgement on Elliot’s choice for a commuter bike. It’s a free country!
And we also don’t expect everyone will now suddenly hop in their cars to drive hundreds of kilometres to buy a motorcycle for work, just to avoid the travel restrictions.
However, some people have done some dumb things during the current lockdown!