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!
And we have also seen some rather strange fines being imposed by police in Queensland, NSW and Victoria for people.
But this decision is a reasonable and responsible response from NSW Police.
So let’s also act in a reasonable and responsible way.
If you do plan to leave home on your motorcycle, make sure you have a valid reason.
If police pull you over, explain your reason politely and mention that you firmly believe it is valid.
They may still direct you to turn around and go home, which you should do or you are disobeying a police directive and could cop an even bigger fine.