Bali, Indonesia–The Bali Provincial Government has announced plans to ban tourists from using motorbikes on the island over concerns for the safety of tourists and locals.
The decision was made after a series of accidents and incidents involving tourists misbehaving on motorbikes, which have led to public outcry and demands for stricter regulations.
“You [should] not roam about the island using motorbikes, without wearing shirts or clothes, no helmet, and even without a license,” Governor of Bali Wayan Koster said in a report adding that tourists should behave themselves when in another country.
Bali saw about 405 deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 2020 alone, thus leading authorities to take the drastic measure.
Many (mainly locals) have supported the ban, stating that it will make the island safer and more pleasant.
“About time, foreign tourist(s) on motorcycle are a menace on d(the) roads, especially western tourists lack nuances, alertness & awareness of driving and traversing the congested roads. Can’t master the art of zigzagging and handling of motorcycles, and it’s a life skill experience,” said one Twitter user.
However, not all feel the same way. Many local business owners are concerned that the ban will hurt their businesses. Some stated that it would’ve been wiser to impose specific bans instead of a blanket ban on all rentals as it could affect tourism.
Many tourists, too, are not too happy about this.
“Imagine if we banned selective people from the main mode of transport …” said another user.
Under the new regulations, tourists can no longer rent motorbikes or scooters in Bali. Instead, they will be encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation such as bicycles, taxis, and public transport.
The ban is expected to come into effect later this year, although specific details still need to be released.