"REGRETTABLY, it is precisely the riding attitudes of motorcyclist like Miss Joanne Poh. ("Motorcyclists at risk because of drivers"; May 26) that may cause potentially serious and even fatal accidents.
While it is true that drivers tend to tailgate motorcyclists in the faster lanes along the expressways, this would not happen if the motorcyclists rode in the slower lane.
Many motorcyclists risk their live by riding in the fast lanes, which allow a maximum speed of 90km/h. It is not uncommon to see may of them overtaking cars in the fastest lane at speeds of over 100km/h.
A slight miscalculation at such speeds, by either the motorcyclist or driver, could result in serious or even fatal accidents, particularly for motorcyclists.
Riding between lanes is also highly dangerous. Drivers already have their hands full having o constantly look out for vehicles in front of and behind them. Having to watch out for motorcyclists who weave through on the left or right leaves an even smaller margin of error against serious accidents.
The point that motorcyclist must remember is that their margin for error is virtually zero along the expressways. So the onus is on them to keep riding at a safe distance from cars as much as possible.
The Lane Transport Authority should ban motorcyclists from riding in the fastest expressway lane (lane 1), and between the quick lanes (lane 1 & 2), as well as limit the speed of motorcycles to that of goods vehicles and trucks, that is, 70km/h or 80km/h.
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